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Max Sherman
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Ned
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Barbara
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Sheryl
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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Imagine having all the power, passion and pleasure money can buy. Now imagine losing them. See more »

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23 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Der Preis des Erfolges  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$784,990 (USA)
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This movie is based on a book by Ben Stein of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) fame. The book, published in 1983, is titled "'Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream" and is about the abuse of Quaaludes (methaqualone) rather than cocaine as in the movie. Supposedly based on a friend of Stein's who met his ruin through the abuse of Quaaludes in the 70's and 80's, the action in the movie follows almost exactly the action of the book, even down to some of the dialogue. See more »

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When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

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Max: [Max has discovered that Lenny put a check in Max's safety-deposit box, after "borrowing" $20,000 from the Century West Maintenance account, so that Lenny could treat Linda to a night in Las Vegas] A worthless goddamn CHECK?
Lenny: What are you getting hysterical about? It was just a LOAN.
Max: In all my life, I never treated ANYONE like I treated you! You were POOR; I made you RICH. You were DROWNING; I gave you a YACHT! And then you STOLE from me. After I treated you like a son. TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!
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Drugs are not the answer
9 March 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

This B grader, I wouldn't be so good to put down. As an anti drug movie, The Boost is very good. So is Woods again in his role as Lenny Brown, involved in tax sheltering, whatever, when there's a big fall and Lenny's out of pocket, his escape from his pressures and woes, his boost is through drugs, encouraged by a friend, where we quickly see Lenny, sink into a solace and bigger dependency of drugs, becoming moody, aggressive, very much the way Jim Carroll went, in The Basketball Diaries, where here, there may be no turning back, after becoming abusive to his girlfriend, Sean Young, who turns in a good performance. The disheartening monologue that Woods delivers at the end is the strongest moment of the movie, although I liked it when his decked his friend, on the account of girlfriend Young, ending up in hospital, with drug related injuries. Woods's anger was frightening, he's such a powerfully convincing actor, he has the ambiguous intensity. I wouldn't say The Boost is anything special, but to kill 90 minutes, this flick is a pretty good one to watch in that time frame.


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