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The Boost (1988)

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Ben Stein (book) (as Benjamin Stein), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Lenny Brown
Sean Young ... Linda Brown
John Kapelos ... Joel Miller
Steven Hill ... Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr Kelle Kerr ... Rochelle
John Rothman ... Ned
Amanda Blake ... Barbara
Grace Zabriskie ... Sheryl
Marc Poppel Marc Poppel ... Mark
Fred McCarren ... Tom
Suzanne Kent ... Helen
Libby Boone Libby Boone ... Delores
Greg Deason Greg Deason ... Michael
David Preston ... Surfer
June Chandler June Chandler ... Secretary
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Storyline

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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How far would you go to keep your edge? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Preis des Erfolges See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$784,990
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Company Credits

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Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Linda Brown. See more »

Goofs

When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: [responding to Mark's job offer] Mark, I don't sell drugs. I'm in real estate.
Mark: I don't sell drugs, either. I'm a screenwriter. But until the ship comes in, you gotta cover the waterfront.
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too good an actor for such nonsense
8 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

James Woods plays a high-strung (what else?) corporate real estate nerd who bends to pressure and develops a nasty cocaine habit, with predictably tragic consequences. The character is essentially a small time twerp with major league ambitions, and before you can say "just say no" he loses his job, his house, his life savings, and his pet dog, but not before engaging in some of the most embarrassing melodrama ever written. Sample dialogue, taken verbatim from a tender moment between a repentant Woods and his forgiving wife (and fellow addict) Sean Young:

Woods, "Don't ever leave me."

Young, "I'll never leave you…"

Woods, "Stick with me."

Young, "Till I fall off the Earth…make love to me!" Cue the violins.

Even worse, the anti-drug message is made irrelevant to the people who need to hear it most; once again the peril is associated strictly with a high-income bracket, with shots of the unfortunate couple stung out in their Jacuzzi, and so forth. Woods is too good an actor for such nonsense, and besides, in his usual intense style he behaves like a coke fiend even before taking his first snort.


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