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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice TT Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
Hot Traxx Waiter
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Hot Traxx Chef
Brad Braeden ...
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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?


Sound Studios (Van Nuys, California) is shown when Dirk is recording his mixtape, later the song "Jessie's Girl" plays, which was also recorded at Sound City studios. See more »


Dirk Diggler performs a studio recording of Stan Bush's song "The Touch" in March 1983. The song was written for The Transformers: The Movie, which was released in 1986. See more »


[Little Bill walks in on his wife having sex with someone]
Little Bill: What the fuck are you doing?
Little Bill's wife: What the fuck does it look like I'm doing?
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Crazy Credits

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


References Casualties of War (1989) See more »


99 Luftballons
Written by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (as Joern-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Peterson) and Karlo Carges (as Carlos Karges)
Performed by Nena
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

A great film
4 December 2003 | by (Glen Allen, VA) – See all my reviews

One of the things that I like about PT Anderson, is that he has the guts to take talent that most people push to the side or have pushed to the side and makes them stars. Case in point, a washed-up... Burt Reynolds delivers a great performance in this film. And if proving Adam Sander can be a great actor (Punch Drunk Love) wasn't enough... here comes Mark Whalburg... like you've never seen before.

I think many people pass up "Boogie Nights" cause they are anti-porn, or just flat out hate the adult industry and can't overlook that aspect of this film. But underneath that is a great story about characters losing everything and battle to regain themselves. There is a beautiful film... and it's too bad that enough people see that.

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