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Boogie Nights (1997)

R | | Drama | 31 October 1997 (USA)
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Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 36 wins & 61 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 »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Burt Reynolds played a character named Paul Anderson in an episode of Burn Notice (2007). See more »

Goofs

While Dirk is sitting on Rahad's couch during the drug deal, the camera holds frame on him in a close up for several seconds while his character does and says nothing; as if footage of a between takes moment accidentally got left in the film. See more »

Quotes

Rollergirl: You don't ever disrespect me. FUCKER! YOU NEVER DISRESPECT ME, YOU FUCKER!
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Crazy Credits

The title is shown on a movie theater marquee in the opening shot. 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 Telefon (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Driver's Seat
Written by Paul Roberts
Performed by Sniff 'n The Tears (as Sniff 'N The Tears)
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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Brilliant, Bold, Powerful!
15 October 2002 | by hb_verSee all my reviews

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has created a fascinating account of a family of pornographers in the late 1970s. It is a frank, compelling, and disturbing vignette of unforgettable characters. Mark Whalberg (in his best performance to date) plays a well-endowed 17 year old who begins working in the porn industry under porn director Burt Reynolds (in an Oscar nominated performance). John C. Reilly plays a fellow porn star, Julianne Moore (never better) as a famous porn queen, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a timid homosexual porn crew member, William H. Macy as a fatalistic loser who's wife is always cheating on him, and Heather Graham (Reynolds daughter) as a rising porn star. Everybody does a fine job. The best scenes belong to former porn star couple Don Cheadle and Nicole Parker who add some of the comic relief to the film. What's intriguing is the way the actors interact with each other and the way they struggle to find their self-identity, plus a bravura script, colorful and startling cinematography, and a rousing rocking 70s soundtrack that make Boogie Nights one of the best films of 1997. It is a touching, humorous, and shocking film bursting with originality with an overall message of: redemption and forgiveness.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (one shot)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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