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The Boost (1988)

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Ben Stein (book) (as Benjamin Stein), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Lenny Brown
Sean Young ... Linda Brown
John Kapelos ... Joel Miller
Steven Hill ... Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr Kelle Kerr ... Rochelle
John Rothman ... Ned
Amanda Blake ... Barbara
Grace Zabriskie ... Sheryl
Marc Poppel ... Mark
Fred McCarren ... Tom
Suzanne Kent ... Helen
Libby Boone Libby Boone ... Delores
Greg Deason Greg Deason ... Michael
David Preston ... Surfer
June Chandler June Chandler ... Secretary
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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Linda Brown. See more »

Goofs

When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

Quotes

Linda: [at Joel's first party] I feel a little out of place here.
Lenny: You are. You're the best-looking woman here.
Linda: ...People here are a little strange.
Lenny: Talented people usually ARE a little strange... They were ALL on something; MONEY'S the real drug around here, okay?
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James Woods saves the movie
20 January 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

While today this movie may seem a bit dated, and yes, it is a little over the top, with a thin story line, the message is important.

James Woods is excellent, always assimilates the character he is portraying (I was reminded of his film "The Story of Bill W.", about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous). Sean Young is also good, looks lovely, and portrays the put upon wife who ends up saving herself.

The business deals, and his rapid rise and fall are probably exaggerated, but the audience sees a former success "hitting bottom", which for some substance abusers, can take either a year, or a decade. The fact that Woods portrays an "äverage guy" who is just trying to get ahead, is realistic; he doesn't plan to live in a seedy apartment near Hollywood Boulevard; it is a long way from NY , or Wilshire Boulevard.

Some cameos are also excellent; Steven Hill is Woods' mentor, starting him on the fast track, Grace Zabriskie portrays an eccentric neighbor; John Kapelos plays the former "friend" from Woods' halcyon days.

Initially this movie was panned mercilessly; I find that over the years certain movies resonate the time period they depict, and while this was not a blockbuster film, like Oliver Stone's "Wall Street", (which was released the year before) it at least has a message, and several decent performances which deserve credit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Preis des Erfolges See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$784,990

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$784,990
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Company Credits

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Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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