A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
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
At one point, an angry Burt Reynolds threw a punch at Paul Thomas Anderson, because he felt that the director was disrespecting him. The film's First Assistant Director, John Wildermuth, tells this story: "Burt got so frustrated he pulled Paul outside into the backyard and started yelling at him, like a father, you know? 'You f--kin' little punk kid, don't tell me what to do.'" Tom Lenk added, "All of a sudden we saw fists flying. We saw some fists flying from Burt Reynolds. I hope I don't get in trouble for saying this, but it was like he was trying to punch our director in the face." Reynolds was involved in a heated scuffle with Thomas Jane. In the DVD audio commentary, Anderson and Mark Wahlberg imply that Reynolds was on drugs during filming. See more »
(around 1:09:45) During the New Years Eve scene, Todd Parker can be clearly seen walking directly in front of the couple having a discussion at the table, holding a beer and without his jacket socializing like he's been there awhile. Fast forward to 1:12:00, Todd enters the scene and recognizes Reed and they start talking, and it's obvious that he had just arrived, wearing a different shirt and a jacket. See more »
On the version available in a certain video store chain and on cable TV, Rollergirl is wearing underwear in the scene where she strips and has sex with Dirk on the couch at Jack's house. In the theatrical/DVD release, full frontal nudity is shown. See more »
The brilliance of this story delivers at least one skillfully crafted message to each viewer in the audience. This story is about success, it's about failure. It's about the choices you make in life and the choices others make for you. The story deals with self realization and determination on a scale so large, no camera angle could cover it. Within the grasp of each scene is resides an element marked for depiction within your imagination. Keep this in mind as you watch the movie; it's more than eye candy. The sexually suggestive, rarely explicit scenes serve only to distract and entertain you during the tedious process of character development.
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