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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 28 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »



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Maurice TT Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
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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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The life of a dreamer, the days of a business, and the nights in between. See more »



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)


DEM 265,943 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Horner tells Kurt, 'Switch the title card, I want it to come flying right out of the screen, right at the audience!' and Kurt replies 'Nice! Piece of cake!' Kurt is played by Ricky Jay, an expert at magic and card tricks who makes playing cards fly across a stage with speed and accuracy. See more »


In 1978, Dirk Diggler buys a brand-new Corvette with Goodyear Eagle ST tires. Goodyear introduced the Eagle line of tires in the early 1980s. The ST was never an original equipment tire, it was available only as an after-market purchase. See more »


Rahad Jackson: Oh, that's Cosmo... he's Chinese.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits, Mark Wahlberg's character speaks. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.100 (2012) See more »


Silent Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Background music at Christmas
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User Reviews

Fantastic use of camerawork and of pop culture, get ready for a movie that will make you laugh, tense, cry, and make you squeamish
5 August 1998 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

Boogie Nights is an excellent picture. You don't have to have be a part of the whole 70's scene either to appreciate it. The title is very misleading to some who do not generally read reviews beforehand. This movie is an exhilerating piece on a late 70's-early 80's porn star. Yes, it sounds like a very simple plot and much gratutious sex. But it's so much more. While you may be thrown off by the violence and the sexuality Boogie Nights is nowhere near pointless. It features great acting all across the board-even Reynolds is very sympathetic. Some advice though, seeing this movie more than once is a good idea. It grows on you. This movie takes you to the deep down threshold of your heart. It shows you the rise of a porn star and the downhill spiral that follows it. Even in some of the sleaziest of characters can a human being be reached out to. Rent this one tonight - and who cares about all that talk about the use of prosthetics anyway. This is the pulp fiction of the 70's porn industry, "a low class subject made in a high class way".

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