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The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

Not Rated | | Short, Biography, Drama
The rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.

Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson (as Paul Anderson)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Stein ... Dirk Diggler
Robert Ridgely ... Jack Horner (as Bob Ridgely)
Eddie Delcore Eddie Delcore ... Reed Rothchild
Rusty Schwimmer ... Candy Kane (as Rusty Schwimer)
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PTA's rough draft of his masterpiece Boogie Nights. This film tells the story of Dirk Diggler. A famous porn star from America who makes it big amongst the industry and amongst the mainstream in the late 1970s. However, Dirk Diggler soon will meet his unfortunate downfall.

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Short | Biography | Drama

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Not Rated
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Trivia

It was shot on video and edited VCR to VCR. The director's father narrated it. See more »

Goofs

Dirk Diggler supposedly records the song "The Touch" before his death in 1981. The song was actually written for The Transformers: The Movie in 1986. See more »

Connections

Remade as Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way We Were
Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Absolutely Brilliant
20 January 2009 | by EmunahSee all my reviews

I'm not the biggest PTA fan. I like some of his films, others I think are a little overrated. Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to see this on a friend's bootleg DVD of PTA's first two shorts. Anyway, I was shocked as to how good this was. It was funny as hell, smart, satirical, a great mockumentary! Considering it was made by an 18 year old, this was magnificent. I envy him, because I couldn't direct myself out of a paper bag at 18, this guy made a true and true portrait of a character that would eventually put him on the map as a hot new director.

The actors had great timing, especially the old man who played Jack Horner. He was very good. The sunglasses were awesome, the intentionally cheesy, porn dialogue was hysterical. Well shot, considering it was on a home video camera, well written and well directed. I still can't believe how young he was! 18! Barely out of high school! Obviously a must-see for PTA fans, and aspiring young filmmakers for that matter, as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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