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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

The film's title is a slang term for both cocaine abuse and shoplifting. 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

Max: I live where the money is. You don't think this NYC crowd would have anything to do with me unless I could move millions of bucks around, do you...? Does your wife work?
Lenny: Yeah, she has a great job.
Max: Lucky for you.
Lenny: I do all right. Everything I do is just a lot chancier, that's all.
Max: You just probably haven't found the right products yet, the right territory.
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Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose.
15 June 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

I appreciated this movie more after the second viewing. Although dark, it leaves a powerful statement. James Woods is a silver-tongued real estate salesman that for the first time in his life he is successful and rolling in money. So much money and so quick, he turns to cocaine to stay in high gear. His wife (Sean Young)wishes things could stay plain and simple; but after slipping into the high life, she too needs drugs to remain functional. Steven Hill is the mentor that suddenly is disgusted with Woods character. The profitable real estate business dries up leaving Woods ass deep in debt and no way to support his drug habit. Woods finally clean and sober still can't repair the damage done to his life and marriage.

John Kapelos and Kelle Kerr are noteworthy in support. Woods is dynamic and very convincing. Young on the other hand seems quite bland and exhibits little acting skills. Young however is not afraid to get naked! THE BOOST is dark, moody and all too realistic.


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