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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

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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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Robert Ridgely's final film. See more »


When the three guys discuss a drug deal with Rahad (set in at least 1984, based on the songs "Sister Christian" and "99 Luftballons" from that year), the audio mix tape runs out the moment the song currently playing reaches its climax, before reverse-side playback. A close-up shows a Maxell 'clear style' tape, not an early-80's style. See more »


[the Colonel's lady friend is lying on the floor, bleeding from the nose]
Young Stud: [wailing] I, I think she did too much coke.
Colonel James: Oh, you think so, doctor?
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Magnet & Steel
Written by Walter Egan
Performed by Walter Egan
Courtesy of Columbia Records / Vault Vision Management
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing and Vault Vision Entertainment
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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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