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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
... Tom
Suzanne Kent ... Helen
Libby Boone ... Delores
Greg Deason ... Michael
... Surfer
June Chandler ... Secretary
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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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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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This movie is based on a book by Ben Stein of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) fame. The book, published in 1983, is titled "'Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream" and is about the abuse of Quaaludes (methaqualone) rather than cocaine as in the movie. Supposedly based on a friend of Stein's who met his ruin through the abuse of Quaaludes in the 70's and 80's, the action in the movie follows almost exactly the action of the book, even down to some of the dialogue. See more »

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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: Selling's more important to me than money. Because every time I sell, it means somebody believes in me.
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unintentionally funny
11 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The boost is a DRAMA, but I consider it to be one of the funniest movies ever. Unfortunately it wasn't intended as a comedy. James Wood acts like an ass throughout the movie, giving new meaning to the term overacting. Overacting may not be the best way of describing his performance, but its just so bizarre. The Boost is kind of like an eighties version of reefer madnes, except for cocaine. Just a funny and weird movie.


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