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Boogie Nights (1997)

 -  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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Eddie Adams would have been just another high-school drop-out had he not met the likes of adult film director Jack Horner. Horner transforms Eddie into Dirk Diggler, a rising-star actor with a special gift. Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the film is a tribute to the decor, style, culture, and social attitudes of the era. Written by John Selbie

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1980s | 1970s | actor | nightclub | high school | See more »

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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:

DEM 265,943 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

DEM 265,943 (Germany) (5 June 1998)
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Trivia

Dirk's first character is named John, a reference to real-life porn legend John Holmes, upon whom Dirk's character was based. Dirk mentioned that he had just came back from the Marines; Holmes spent some time in the Army. See more »

Goofs

In a scene from 1983, a can of Coca-Cola says "Coca-Cola Classic". The "Classic" wasn't added until 1985, after the New Coke backlash. See more »

Quotes

Jack Horner: Do these characters have a name?
Dirk: The guy's name is Brock Landers.
Reed Rothchild: And his partner is Chest Rockwell.
Jack Horner: Those are some great names.
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Towards the end of the credits, Mark Wahlberg's character speaks. See more »


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Machine Gun
Written by Milan Williams
Performed by The Commodores
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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8 August 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Boogie Nights is full of surprises, nothing quite prepares one for it its soul. Yes, it does have soul, whilst tackling the tackiest of subject matter, with both a wry smile and respect. Brillantly cast and wonderful character development, the performances somehow combine the best of stage acting with improvisation within a cinema verite style.

The plot proved richer than I expected and the underlying themes are teased out quite profoundly as each "B grade" human being is brought, through crisis, into perspective.

A sociologist's dream case study, the film resonates the raw truth of what we all know about self-esteem, parental love and lack of it, attention/love deficit and its manifestation in adulthood, the desperate need to belong. Something for everyone here.. almost camouflaged as issues of untouchables and their separate milieu but of course they are universal.

The film works on a number of levels. The ironic loop is that the milieu portrayed exists only because of the voyeur, who happens to be watching the film...

Boogie Nights is non judgmental of its subject matter and characters, a rarity. It deserves every accolade it has achieved and more.


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