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The Boost (1988)

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 ... See full summary »

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Lenny Brown
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Joel Miller
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Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr ...
Rochelle
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Ned
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Barbara
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Sheryl
Marc Poppel ...
Mark
Fred McCarren ...
Tom
Suzanne Kent ...
Helen
Libby Boone ...
Delores
Greg Deason ...
Michael
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Surfer
June Chandler ...
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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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23 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Der Preis des Erfolges  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$784,990 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Linda: [at dinner with Ned] ... Lenny told me about the mistake today. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. He was sort of counting on that sale to break into the business.
Lenny: [to Linda] That doesn't mean anything to Ned.
Ned: What doesn't mean anything?
Lenny: Hustling for money. You're above all that.
Ned: I worry about money, just like everybody else.
Lenny: But you got some backstops. You start falling down that well, you got some slats across to catch yourself, right? You got your professor-father. You got an education. ...
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Cautionary melodrama told without insight or flair...
10 December 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Muddled, episodic rendering of Benjamin Stein's book "Ludes" stars James Woods as a tax shelters salesman from New York City who is brought to Hollywood along with wife Sean Young by a wealthy business contact; soon, the couple are spending lavishly and doing coke-lines on the coffee table. Cheap-looking, poorly-edited film rests almost entirely on Woods' performance to carry it...but he fails to give his hyperactive nebbish-turned-jet-setter the proper nuances (to say the least). Supporting cast (including Amanda Blake, Grace Zabriskie, and Steven Hill in a lovely turn as James' sympathetic boss and benefactor) easily out-acts the mannered leads. *1/2 from ****


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