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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lenny Brown
... Linda Brown
... Joel Miller
... Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr ... Rochelle
... Ned
... Barbara
... Sheryl
Marc Poppel ... Mark
Fred McCarren ... Tom
Suzanne Kent ... Helen
Libby Boone ... Delores
Greg Deason ... Michael
... Surfer
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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Imagine having all the power, passion and pleasure money can buy. Now imagine losing them. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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23 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Der Preis des Erfolges  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$784,990
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Trivia

The first shot of the movie was actually the last one filmed; it is also the only shot actually filmed in New York City. The rest of the movie's NYC scenes were filmed in Los Angeles because the crew was on such a tight budget. 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

Man in Venice: ...I'll put in $75,000.
Lenny: Great. I'll need a check.
Man in Venice: I'll pay cash.
Lenny: Cash...? What kind of business are you in, Bob?
Man in Venice: Leisure activities.
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References Crazy Moon (1987) See more »

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Better good-bad cinema than SHOWGIRLS
12 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

James Woods having a coke-induced brain embolism! Sean Young playing the Devoted Unworldly Wifey! ("Co-CAI-aine? We never needed that BEFORE, honey!") James Woods pretending that he really loves his wife! The whole thing is simply too riotous for words. And Woods acts, as James Wolcott famously said, like a man with a coathanger in the neck of his shirt.


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