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

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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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Warner Bros [United States]

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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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2.39 : 1
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The film takes place from 1977 to 1984. See more »

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The divorce/child custody hearing of Amber Waves in 1983 clearly took place in front of a California State judge. The California state seal is also depicted. These sort of cases are routinely a state matter. Yet the state judge's conference room still had huge portraits of Ronald Reagan and George Bush on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Amber Waves: [screams] Oh, I don't want to do this any more. Honey, I can't. Let's just? Let's have fun now! Let's just go and go and go, because it's over. There's just too many things, too many things, too many things. Too many things.
Rollergirl: Okay.
Amber Waves: Let's go walk.
[sniffs]
Rollergirl: I don't want to leave this room.
Amber Waves: [laughs] Me, either! I love you, honey!
Rollergirl: I love you, Mom!
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The title is shown on a movie theater marquee in the opening shot. See more »

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Written by Michael Hausman, Joseph Pesce, Aimee Mann and Robert Holmes
Performed by Til Tuesday
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fearless sophomore effort from a very talented writer/director
29 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of my absolute favorite movies. Relaxed by the opening circus theme and then blasted by "Best of My Love," no movie has ever grabbed my attention so fast as with Boogie Nights. The opening steady-cam shot is one of the best. The rest of the movie doesn't drop off a bit. The music, the costumes, the shots and the drama are all phenomenal. The humor is great, too, and what makes it truly funny is that most of the time the characters aren't even trying to be funny. Just when it seems like PTA won't be able to top himself, the next scene brings with it something even more brilliant. And of course the ending...

What else can I say, I love this movie. Paul Thomas Anderson, you got "the touch."


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