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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 California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 36 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:

The life of a dreamer, the days of a business, and the nights in between. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,101,594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

John Turturro turned down the role of Rahad Jackson. See more »

Goofs

In the finale, when Rodriguez and his brothers unveil their new club sign and see that it's misspelled -several 1990s car are parked off to the right side of the screen. This scene is supposed to take place in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Dirk: [standing in the kitchen at work with Jack] So, you want five or ten?
Jack Horner: What?
Dirk: Well, if you just wanna see me jack off, it's ten. But if you just wanna look at it, it's only five.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The scene where Becky Barnett calls Dirk when her husband abuses her and Dirk smashes his car in an accident has been included on the new 2-disc DVD set. See more »

Connections

References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Magnet & Steel
Written by Walter Egan
Performed by Walter Egan
Courtesy of Columbia Records / Vault Vision Management
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing and Vault Vision Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
Depressing, funny, sexy, poignant, perfect
18 September 1999 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

I started watching this movie expecting lots of cheap sex scenes like in the 1970's porno films. But instead, I got lots of beautiful photography, in-depth character development, a story of broken dreams, and the disintegration of members of the pornography industry. All the acting is fantastic, there is not one bad actor in the lot. My personal favorite was Heather Graham (who does have a few eye-catching nude scenes). Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly good considering he used to be Marky Mark, Burt Reynolds makes a well-deserved comeback, and Julianne Moore is both sexy and sad, something I haven't seen her portray since this movie. Supporting roles by William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, and Nicole Parker add to the masterpiece that this movie is. Don't go into this movie expecting sex, sex, sex like I did. The soundtrack is classic, too, and 2 CD's have been released of music. They are both well worth seeking out. I am still disappointed that this movie did not win more Oscars and Golden Globes!!!


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