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Boogie Nights (1997)

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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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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

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

According to William H. Macy, the scene where Dirk Diggler wins the Golden Phallus Award was filmed with about one hundred extras, who had shown up in their own 1970s clothes. They weren't told what kind of movie they were in, only that it was a film featuring Burt Reynolds. The crowd was told to applaud after Melora Walters had announced Diggler as the winner. However, after Walters added some explicit sexual profanity to her line, there was a stunned silence. Subsequently, about half of the extras got up and left the set, not to return again. This caused some delay in filming, in order to reassemble another crowd of extras, so when they finally resumed filming, director Paul Thomas Anderson took great care to explain to the new crowd what they were in for. See more »

Goofs

When Dirk and the others go to rob the drug dealer, a 1990s Neighborhood Watch sign is visible on a pole across from the front door. See more »

Quotes

Donut Shop Robber: [suddenly charges in the donut shop with a gun] Alright, motherfucker! Empty the cash register *now,* motherfucker! HURRY UP!
Buck Swope: [puts his hands up]
[whispers loudly]
Buck Swope: Jesus Christ!
Donut Shop Robber: [points gun at Buck] Shut the *fuck* up!
[to the cashier]
Donut Shop Robber: HURRY UP WITH THAT SHIT!
[the donut shop cashier starts emptying out his register; a random customer sitting at a table watches]
Donut Shop Robber: [the cashier hands the robber a brown bag full of cash] No, no, no, motherfucker! Empty the safe, too, asshole! Come on, I haven't got all ...
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Soundtracks

99 Luftballons
Written by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (as Joern-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Peterson) and Karlo Carges (as Carlos Karges)
Performed by Nena
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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fearless sophomore effort from a very talented writer/director
29 July 2002 | by sweet_loveSee 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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