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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


Little Bill's promiscuous wife is played by real-life porn star Nina Hartley. See more »


Before entering Rahad's house, Todd places a large handgun in his front waistband. It is clearly visible later as he first approaches Rahad to give him a hug. The gun disappears until he finally brandishes it. See more »


Dirk: I wanna fuck. It's my fucking big dick. Who wants to fuck?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Three Kings (1999) See more »


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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User Reviews

Brilliant, Bold, Powerful!
15 October 2002 | by (El Paso, Texas) – See all my reviews

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has created a fascinating account of a family of pornographers in the late 1970s. It is a frank, compelling, and disturbing vignette of unforgettable characters. Mark Whalberg (in his best performance to date) plays a well-endowed 17 year old who begins working in the porn industry under porn director Burt Reynolds (in an Oscar nominated performance). John C. Reilly plays a fellow porn star, Julianne Moore (never better) as a famous porn queen, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a timid homosexual porn crew member, William H. Macy as a fatalistic loser who's wife is always cheating on him, and Heather Graham (Reynolds daughter) as a rising porn star. Everybody does a fine job. The best scenes belong to former porn star couple Don Cheadle and Nicole Parker who add some of the comic relief to the film. What's intriguing is the way the actors interact with each other and the way they struggle to find their self-identity, plus a bravura script, colorful and startling cinematography, and a rousing rocking 70s soundtrack that make Boogie Nights one of the best films of 1997. It is a touching, humorous, and shocking film bursting with originality with an overall message of: redemption and forgiveness.

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