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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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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?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and five Oscar nominees: John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and William H. Macy. See more »


When Amber and her ex-husband met with a judge about custody in September of 1983, portraits of President Ronald Reagan and Governor Jerry Brown are on the wall. Brown was governor from January 1975 to January 1983; George Deukmejian had been governor for several months by September 1983. See more »


Dirk: Aren't you gonna take your skates off?
Rollergirl: I never take my skates off.
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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 »


References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »


Brand New Key
Written by Melanie (as M. Safka)
Performed by Melanie
Courtesy of MCA Records / BMG Entertainment International
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets and by arrangement with BMG Entertainment
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an odd family
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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