6.1/10
759
10 user

The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

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

Director:

(as Paul Anderson)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An old man (Hall) gives advice to a young man (Baltz) about his cheating wife and best ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Kirk Baltz, Philip Baker Hall, Scott Coffey
Blossoms & Blood (Video 2003)
Comedy | Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collection of alternate takes and deleted material from the Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love (2002) are compiled and matched with the Jon Brion song "Here We Go" in this ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Salvador Curiel
Michael Penn: Try (Video 1997)
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Music video for Michael Penn's 'Try', shot by Paul Thomas Anderson and other cast and crew from 'Boogie Nights' in a single take in the longest hall-way in North America.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Michael Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Thomas Jane
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Paul Thomas Anderson spoofs the famous 1980s Mattress Man commercial outtake using Dean Trumbell, the character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love', and he ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, David H. Stevens, Jimmy Stevens
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Music video of Fiona Apple's cover of The Beatle's hit song, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson in the diner used in 'Pleasantville'.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Fiona Apple, John C. Reilly
Hard Eight (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video 1999)
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music video of Aimee Mann's Academy Award-nominated song. Shot during production of Anderson's 'Magnolia' and featuring the film's ensemble cast.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Jim Beaver, Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise
Fiona Apple: Hot Knife (Video 2013)
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music video for Fiona Apple's song from her widely acclaimed album 'The Idler Wheel...', featuring alternated color/black-and-white and multiple split screens.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Fiona Apple
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Malcolm, an ordinary worker-bee, travels deep within his psyche to find something larger than himself, all within the confines of his cubical.

Director: Elyon John Gonzales
Stars: Sunorah Bingham, Kaylin Boosalis, Michael Nicklin
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A power-drunk Koala bear tangles with a bald American Eagle to maintain dominance over his teddy bear following.

Director: Elyon John Gonzales
Stars: Herve Achi, Nikki Little
Back Beyond (Video 2013)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A montage of unused scenes, shots and takes from P. T. Anderson's The Master (2012).

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music video for Fiona Apple's single. Shot with a vintage hand-cranked camera using multiple lenses.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Fiona Apple
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Dirk Diggler
...
Jack Horner (as Bob Ridgely)
Eddie Delcore ...
Reed Rothchild
...
Candy Kane (as Rusty Schwimer)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

История Дирка Дигглера  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The model for this mockumentary was Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981), an adoring documentary about porn actor John Holmes. It includes a number of scenes that would appear almost verbatim in Boogie Nights (1997) later. 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

Referenced in Dog Eat Dog (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way We Were
Performed by Barbra Streisand
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mostly worth seeing now as a curio piece in the shadow of Boogie Nights
19 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Around a decade before it became Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson made this student film with essentially the same basic plot. Shot as a mockumentary rather than a drama, the film follows the rise and fall of Dirk's career in pornography, with success leading to drugs and many other vices. The plot generally works and it mixes the absurd with a decent story that is impressive when you consider that this film was made by a 17 year old. It does engage although it must be said it is very rough.

The tale itself is fine but the filming appears to have been onto video tape and generally the quality it poor, with a slow motion sequence at the end being particularly choppy. The "fly on the wall" nature of the film helps cover up a little for the limitations of the time but still, it is a student film. Performances are hard to judge because people do feel a bit wooden and unnatural, but then in fairness they are supposed to be porn actors – not the most comfortable with dialogue at the best of times! Stein is OK as Diggler but really the only performance that sticks in the mind is Ridgely, who does play well and seems better than the limits of the film around him.

As a short film it is decent but better when considered it was made by a 17 year old fighting limits at every turn. It is mostly worth seeing as a curio piece now though, a companion for fans of Boogie Nights, which is by a million miles a superior piece of work.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page