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Boogie Nights (1997)

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The story of a young man's adventures in the California 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:
Luis Guzmán ... Maurice t.t. Rodriguez (as Luis Guzman)
Burt Reynolds ... Jack Horner
Julianne Moore ... Amber Waves
Rico Bueno ... Hot Traxx Waiter
John C. Reilly ... Reed Rothchild
Nicole Ari Parker ... Becky Barnett
Don Cheadle ... Buck Swope
Heather Graham ... Rollergirl
Mark Wahlberg ... Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
William H. Macy ... Little Bill
Samson Barkhordarian Samson Barkhordarian ... Hot Traxx Chef
Nina Hartley ... Little Bill's Wife
Brad Braeden Brad Braeden ... Big Stud
Joanna Gleason ... Dirk's Mother
Lawrence Hudd 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pushing Thirteen See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The firecracker scene was inspired by both Paul Thomas Anderson's father - who created a character named "Ghoulardi" for a Cleveland television show, on which he'd sometimes set off fireworks on-air - and Robert Downey, Sr.'s film Putney Swope (1969), where a character sets off a firecracker, and everyone turns and looks. Anderson called up Downey to praise the scene and to be the basis, to which Downey approved. See more »

Goofs

When the stereo store customer exits the scene, he takes an unusually large step forward because he is stepping over the dolly track. See more »

Quotes

Buck Swope: You're not being fair. This isn't fair.
Loan Officer: This financial institution cannot endorse pornography.
Buck Swope: Stop saying pornography! Why are you doing this to me? I am an actor. I am an actor.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The UK R2 DVD is presented in an aspect of 1.85:1, not 2.35:1 as filmed, which makes some scenes not fully in frame, especially at the beginning of the film with the title sequence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly, Robin, Fly
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Performed by Silver Convention
Courtesy of Edition Butterfly / Roswitha Kunze
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Robbed of a Best Picture Oscar
2 October 1998 | by Hippie69See all my reviews

Boogie Nights was without a doubt the best film of 1997. I could watch this movie over and over and over and still love it. I'm in no rush to watch that overblown romance/disaster epic Titanic again. The fact that Boogie Nights did not even receive a Best Picture nomination just goes to prove how predictable and narrow-minded the Academy is. Only Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter and Robert Zemeckis's Contact came close to being as great as Boogie Nights. No other filmmaker in recent years has come even remotely close to making a film as good as Tarantino's Pulp Fiction -- until now. Paul Thomas Anderson rose to the challenge and succeeded. Just as Tarantino gave John Travolta's career a kick, P.T. Anderson has given Burt Reynolds the kick that his career needs. Boogie Nights will also undoubtedly make stars of Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, and John Reilly. Overall, a wonderful film. The best since Pulp Fiction. Maybe even better.


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