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Boogie Nights (1997)

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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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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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Taglines:

In 1977, sex was safe, pleasure was a business, and business was booming. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,700,954
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On the film's DVD commentary, Paul Thomas Anderson said the main inspiration for the character of Amber Waves was pornographic actress Seka. Seka was involved with John Holmes, the person who inspired Dirk Diggler. See more »

Goofs

When the three guys discuss a drug deal with Rahad (set in at least 1984, based on the songs "Sister Christian" and "99 Luftballons" from that year), the audio mix tape runs out the moment the song currently playing reaches its climax, before reverse-side playback. A close-up shows a Maxell 'clear style' tape, not an early-80's style. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dirk: [practicing his lines in the mirror] I've been around this block twice now. Looking for something. A clue. I've been looking for clues and something led me back here. Yeah. So here I am. It could have been me, the one who was at Ringo's place when the shit went down. Hey. I know how it is. I've been there. We've all done bad things. We've all had those guilty feelings in our heart. I'm going to take your brain out of your head and wash it and scrub it and make it clean. I don't know....
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Alternate Versions

Some smaller sub-plots, NOT included in the DVD were filmed for the movie, but didn't make it to the final version, or DVD deleted scenes. They are: A small sub-plot in which Luis Guzman's character (maurice) bugs Rollergirl throughout the film for nude pictures of her. He sends the pictures back to his brothers in Puerto Rico. This ties in with the deleted scene between him and Rollergirl. A scene in which Alfred Molina's character (Rahad) runs back to the house after chasing Dirk and Reed with the gun. Cosmo has been shot, and is dead. Helicopters circle, and he is actually happy he gets to use his firepower. He exchanges shots with cops, and ultimately dies in the confrontation. Becky Barnett's husband abuses her shortly after they are married, and she calls Dirk over to help her. He wrecks his car in the way, which explains the damage to his car seen in the movie. See more »

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Soundtracks

Got to Give It Up
Written by Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Get Past The Theme And Watch It
17 January 1999 | by Ari-8See 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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