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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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Joel Miller
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Max Sherman
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Ned
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Barbara
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Sheryl
Marc Poppel ...
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Fred McCarren ...
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Libby Boone ...
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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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Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Linda Brown. 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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Lenny: [to Linda] I swear to God, people here can't WAIT to lay off their money. It's not to be believed! God, why did we take so long to find this place? We're gonna be RICH, you hear me? RICH!
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A Yet Another Fabulous Performance by James Woods!
13 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

One of the Finest Actors of Cinema History, James Woods delivers A Yet Another Fabulous Performance in 'The Boost'. A dark & depressing flick, that works mostly because of Woods.

'The Boost' Synopsis: A real-estate hustler & his wife see success, only to fall deep later-on.

'The Boost' is more about the side-effects of failure, rather than a story of drug-addicts. The struggle & the depression its pivotal characters go through, are very off-putting, as they depict reality.

Ben Stein & Darryl Ponicsan's Screenplay, though fairly engaging, gets a bit too serious & disturbing towards the second-hour. Harold Becker's Direction is proficient.

Woods is the biggest merit of 'The Boost'. He's so good as a suffering man, that my heart literally went out for him, even after he gives in to drug-addiction. Woods tops himself in here!

On the whole, 'The Boost' caters to a niche audience, but if Fine Acting is what you're looking for, then watching Woods's Masterful Performance in here, should top your list.


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