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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 29 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »



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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)


$26,384,919 (USA) (10 April 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many 1970s porn stars and porn directors and producers criticized the film, saying it was inaccurate for the popularity Dirk achieved, and that filming porn was illegal in the late 1970s. One exception was Paul Thomas, a longtime adult film star who became the most successful and respected director in the business, on projects for Vivid Video. He judged the film "pretty accurate" outside of some general details. 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 »


Becky Barnett: It sounds like your bosses at the stereo store are saying the same thing.
Buck Swope: What?
Buck Swope: What? You get a new look.
Becky Barnett: I have a look alright. The look I have is just fine.
Buck Swope: What's your look?
Becky Barnett: Chocolate love 100%. You don't have to lash out like that Buck, I'm just trying to be your friend.
Buck Swope: Drop it Becky.
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Crazy Credits

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


References La Haine (1995) See more »


Jungle Fever
Written by Bill Ador
Performed by The Chakachas
Courtesy of PolyGram Records NV
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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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