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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 35 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maurice t.t. Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
... Jack Horner
... Amber Waves
... Hot Traxx Waiter
... Reed Rothchild
... Becky Barnett
... Buck Swope
... Rollergirl
... Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
... Little Bill
Samson Barkhordarian ... Hot Traxx Chef
... Little Bill's Wife
Brad Braeden ... Big Stud
... Dirk's Mother
Lawrence Hudd ... Dirk's Father
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

In 1977, sex was safe, pleasure was a business, and business was booming. See more »

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Drama

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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Warner Bros [United States]

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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pushing Thirteen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,168, 12 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,700,954
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg originally didn't want to do the film after the high-profile failure of Showgirls (1995). He changed his mind after reading the script. See more »

Goofs

A late 1970s scene shows a poster of Madonna, who was not publicly known until the mid 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Dirk: You don't know what I can do! You don't know what I can do, what I'm gonna do, or what I'm gonna be! I'm good! I have good things and you don't know about! I'm gonna be something! I am! And don't fucking tell me I'm not!
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits, Mark Wahlberg's character speaks. See more »

Connections

References Is There Sex After Death? (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel the Heat
Written by Paul Thomas Anderson and John C. Reilly
Performed by Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly
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Another Academy snub!
4 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is not so much of a review as it is a testament that it has been proven, yet again, that the Academy rewards money, not artistic accomplishment. And I must say I am saddened that this usually artistic and intelligent band of imbd members have left this off the top 250. Boogie Nights is powerful, raw, and gutsy through script, direction and acting. Very few movies can claim this triple crown.


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