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Boogie Nights (1997)

R | | Drama | 31 October 1997 (USA)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Guzmán ... Maurice t.t. Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
Burt Reynolds ... Jack Horner
Julianne Moore ... Amber Waves
Rico Bueno ... Hot Traxx Waiter
John C. Reilly ... Reed Rothchild
Nicole Ari Parker ... Becky Barnett
Don Cheadle ... Buck Swope
Heather Graham ... Rollergirl
Mark Wahlberg ... Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
William H. Macy ... Little Bill
Samson Barkhordarian Samson Barkhordarian ... Hot Traxx Chef
Nina Hartley ... Little Bill's Wife
Brad Braeden Brad Braeden ... Big Stud
Joanna Gleason ... Dirk's Mother
Lawrence Hudd Lawrence Hudd ... Dirk's Father
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Storyline

Adult film director Jack Horner is always on the lookout for new talent and it's only by chance that he meets Eddie Adams who is working as a busboy in a restaurant. Eddie is young, good looking and plenty of libido to spare. Using the screen name Dirk Diggler, he quickly rises to the top of his industry winning awards year after year. Drugs and ego however come between Dirk and those around him and he soon finds that fame is fleeting. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

In 1977, sex was safe, pleasure was a business, and business was booming. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pushing Thirteen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,168, 12 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,700,954
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After having a very difficult time getting his previous film, Hard Eight (1996) released, Paul Thomas Anderson laid down a hard law when getting this film made. He initially wanted the film to be over three hours long, and be rated NC-17. The film's producers, particularly Michael De Luca, said that the film had to be either under three hours or rated R. Anderson fought with them, saying that the film would not have a mainstream appeal no matter what. They did not change their minds, and Anderson chose the R rating as a challenge. Despite this, the film was still twenty minutes shorter than promised. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Dirk, Reed, and Todd are in the motel, Dirk's Corvette appears to be a 1977 model. The 1978 Corvette introduced the "fastback" rear window, which is not present on that car. See more »

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Dirk: I know fucking karate.
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Alternate Versions

New Line Platinum Edition, released on DVD, features 9 additional scenes not included in the original theatrical version. The sell through widescreen VHS tape also has the deleted scenes. See more »


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Disco Fever
By Roger Webb
Courtesy of OGM Production Music
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absolutely wonderful!
20 November 1998 | by jmcgraw7See all my reviews

It takes genius to make a believable film about the porn industry that makes us care about its characters, and for me, this movie accomplishes that nearly-impossible task. "Boogie Nights" is a film about the adult film industry in the 70's and early 80's, and even though the "sleaze" is there--it is done with style, humor, and taste. Eddie Adams aka Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) is a charming but not-very-bright 17-year old dishwasher who is "discovered" by Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a fatherly adult filmmaker in 1977. The movie tracks his career and life over the next 8 years, as well as the other members of Jack's "family." The camera follows its many characters from scene to scene with a certain joyfulness, and we come to care about all of them deeply, no matter how small their roles. There is a perfect balance of the hilarious and the tragic, and the fast pace never lets up. The end of the '70s' ends with a literal *bang*, which is totally appropriate and marks not only the end of a decade, but the shift in mood from a party-atmosphere to one of growing tension. The soundtrack is wonderful, with the songs not only appropriate for the time period, but also to underscore the feeling of each scene. There is a scene, late in the film, that must be seen to be believed. In it, Dirk Diggler and two of his druggie friends go to the home of a drug-dealer to try to rip him off. The interplay of hilarity and tension is almost unbearable. A little Chinese boy walks around the room setting off firecrackers as a crack-addled bathrobe-clad Alfred Molina (as the drug lord) rants and raves and sings along with "Sister Christian" and "Jesse's Girl" which blast on the stereo. We can feel the characters' uneasiness and sense of danger each time another firecracker goes off. Everyone should see this movie. There's never been another like it.


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