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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 Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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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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The life of a dreamer, the days of a business, and the nights in between. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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31 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pushing Thirteen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,168 (USA) (10 October 1997)

Gross:

$26,384,919 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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Trivia

Because of a negative experience with a studio changing his film's title, Paul Thomas Anderson made sure that the title "Boogie Nights" was actually mentioned in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie asks Eddie if he's all right before his first shoot, she puts her hand on his face in the close up, and then takes her hand away. In the next shot, she begins to pull her hand away again. See more »

Quotes

Dirk: You're not the boss of me, Jack. You're not the king of Dirk. I'm the boss of me. I'm the king of me. I'm Dirk Diggler. I'm the star. It's my big dick and I say when we roll.
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Crazy Credits

As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Afternoon Delight
Written by Bill Danoff (as William Danoff)
Performed by Starland Vocal Band
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc., OBO Windsong Records
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Another Academy snub!
4 May 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is not so much of a review as it is a testament that it has been proven, yet again, that the Academy rewards money, not artistic accomplishment. And I must say I am saddened that this usually artistic and intelligent band of imbd members have left this off the top 250. Boogie Nights is powerful, raw, and gutsy through script, direction and acting. Very few movies can claim this triple crown.


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