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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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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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Rated R for strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence | See all certifications »

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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

The movie was named after a 1977 disco hit by Heatwave. However, the group's lead singer, Johnny Wilder, Jr., a devout born-again Christian, refused to allow the song in the movie because it was about dancing, not pornography. See more »

Goofs

At the attempted robbery at Rahad's house, Dirk opens the driver's side door to the Corvette and tried to get in. Rahad shoots the drivers side window out with Dirk right behind it. There is no way Dirk would not have been hit, but yet he rolls away unharmed. See more »

Quotes

Jack Horner: You know this is the film I want them to remember me by.
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As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

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Referenced in Psych: Heeeeere's Lassie (2012) See more »

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Lonely Boy
Written by Andrew Gold
Performed by Andrew Gold
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Get Past The Theme And Watch It
17 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Being Saturday evening (comedy night in our house),my wife and I sat down to watch a supposedly funny movie called "Boogie Nights". The only thing I had heard about it was that my sister-in-law told us not to see it because it was bawdy and she walked out, so right away I knew it was worth watching. This movie was nothing like we thought it was going to be like--it was a fantastic and quite involving drama, which deserved a few Oscars. The time frames from the early 70's to the mid 80's were flawless, and the "glamor" of the porn industry was effectively dispelled by the portrayal of the stars. One of the most memorable scenes of all times, in my opinion was the drug deal gone bad, the firecrackers, the guy in the bathrobe and the utter uneasiness of the deposed porn stars as we listened to "Jessie's Girl" and "Sister Christian". Burt Reynolds was great as Jack Horner, the director who made money with young energy and the coming trends, but realized he had to be "father" to all those aging stars who had nowhere else to go once the bright lights began to flicker and the money was getting thin.


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