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Boogie Nights (1997)

R | | Drama | 31 October 1997 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 36 wins & 55 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 »

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

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,101,594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1998, Cinemattractions asked Paul Thomas Anderson what he thought the film was about. "It's about finding a family, to tell you the truth," he said. "I know that sounds kinda preposterous, 'cause it's about porno! That's a really kinda weird thing, is that you want to say 'Well, it's about the pornography industry' and then you want to quickly say well, not really ... But I think ultimately, the thing that I really liked most and really focused on is, that it's about a lot of people searching for their dignity, and trying to find any kind of love and affection they can get, and they find it in really f--ked up and twisted ways-but they get it, you know?" But Anderson simplified the plot for Empire magazine: "It's about a guy with a big d--k." See more »

Goofs

In 1977, when Eddie, Reed, and Scotty buy outfits in a clothing store, the bay window behind Scotty shows 1990s minivans and SUVs driving by. See more »

Quotes

Jack Horner: If it looks like shit, and it sounds like shit, than it must be shit.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The UK R2 DVD is presented in an aspect of 1.85:1, not 2.35:1 as filmed, which makes some scenes not fully in frame, especially at the beginning of the film with the title sequence. See more »

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Flying Object
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Courtesy of OGM Production Music
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Another Academy snub!
4 May 2003 | by WHughes01See all my reviews

This is not so much of a review as it is a testament that it has been proven, yet again, that the Academy rewards money, not artistic accomplishment. And I must say I am saddened that this usually artistic and intelligent band of imbd members have left this off the top 250. Boogie Nights is powerful, raw, and gutsy through script, direction and acting. Very few movies can claim this triple crown.


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