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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pushing Thirteen  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gwyneth Paltrow was originally offered the role of Rollergirl but turned it down. See more »


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 »


Amber Waves: [screams] Oh, I don't want to do this any more. Honey, I can't. Let's just? Let's have fun now! Let's just go and go and go, because it's over. There's just too many things, too many things, too many things. Too many things.
Rollergirl: Okay.
Amber Waves: Let's go walk.
Rollergirl: I don't want to leave this room.
Amber Waves: [laughs] Me, either! I love you, honey!
Rollergirl: I love you, Mom!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Bride of Chucky (1998) See more »


Best of My Love
Written by Maurice White & Al McKay
Performed by The Emotions (as Emotions)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

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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