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Boogie Nights (1997)

R | | Drama | 31 October 1997 (USA)
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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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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Rated R for strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$26,384,919 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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Paul Thomas Anderson spent a year hanging out with Ron Jeremy to research the film. Jeremy was originally going to have a cameo in the film that got cut which entailed being in a prison cell with The Colonel. Jeremy told The Independent that during the film's production he invited Anderson and the cast to "a lot of my sets, but Burt Reynolds never came. He said, 'I know porn: I don't need to see that.'" See more »

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When the stereo store customer exits the scene, he takes an unusually large step forward because he is stepping over the dolly track. See more »

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[last lines]
Dirk: [practicing his lines in the mirror] I've been around this block twice now. Looking for something. A clue. I've been looking for clues and something led me back here. Yeah. So here I am. It could have been me, the one who was at Ringo's place when the shit went down. Hey. I know how it is. I've been there. We've all done bad things. We've all had those guilty feelings in our heart. I'm going to take your brain out of your head and wash it and scrub it and make it clean. I don't know....
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I Want to Be Free
Written by Ralph Middlebrooks (as R. Middlebrooks), James 'Diamond' Williams (as J.L. Williams),
Marshall E. Jones (as M. Jones), Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as L. Bonner), Clarence Satchell (as C. Satchell),
, Willie Beck (as W. Beck) & Marvin Pierce (as M.R. Pierce)
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A very well told story; "Short Cuts" with lots of sex.
28 May 1999 | by (Western Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie that is vibrant, colourful and powerful. The performances are all very good, but the big surprise is the return of Burt Reynolds. His performance is the most notable, and he duly rewarded with a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Boogie Nights is about the pornography industry in the 70's, and how it all fell apart in the 80's. The first half, revolving around the 70's, is plausible and believable; entertaining and informative. Although the film falls apart in the second half, and descends into a lot of unnecessary, graphic violence.

Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) is the protagonist of the movie. He is spotted one night at a club by porn king Jack Warner (Reynolds), and is offered a deal to star in a movie. Warner remarks that, "I just know there's somethin' wonderful under those jeans just waitin' to get out." And that marks the entrance for Eddie into the sleazy, slutty, though human world of porn and sex. Boogie Nights follows his first appearance as a naive young actor to a drug hampered, egomaniacal lunatic who spirals down into the world of crime and Cocaine. Along the way, it deals with sub plots dealing with pornography and the surrogate families that establish themselves amidst the echelons; the prejudice that society carries to porn stars and the dirty, utterly disgraceful life they lead.

Although the film deals with sex and porn, there is not an obscene amount of it, and the director censors these scenes so it is not explicit. The viewers gather that Eddie Adams (or Dirk Diggler, the pseudonym he assumes for acting) has a prodigious member lurking under his jeans. But, until the final scene, all we see to indicate that is the stunned reactions by peers and onlookers.

The script is very good, but the film is overly long. It could be called an epic at a length of 155 minutes, but the time passes quickly. Despite Boogie Nights' flaws and shortfalls, it is a very good movie worthy of the acclaim it received.

Nine out of ten.


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