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Boogie Nights (1997)

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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 35 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

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Taglines:

In 1977, sex was safe, pleasure was a business, and business was booming. See more »

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Drama

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16 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos de placer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,168, 12 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,400,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,700,954
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Before the film was finished, Paul Thomas Anderson sent a rough copy to New Line Cinema for the film's trailer. The movie was pirated and distributed before the official release. The pirated print includes many scenes not in the movie or DVD deleted scenes. Some were very explicit, and may have been deleted to avoid an NC-17 rating. 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

Reed Rothchild: Want to hear a poem I wrote? "I love you, you love me. Going down the sugar tree. We'll go down the sugar tree, and see lots of bees: playing, playing. But the bees won't sting, because you love me." That's it.
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Alternate Versions

On the version available in a certain video store chain and on cable TV, Rollergirl is wearing underwear in the scene where she strips and has sex with Dirk on the couch at Jack's house. In the theatrical/DVD release, full frontal nudity is shown. See more »

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Fly, Robin, Fly
Written by Stephan Prager (as Stephen Prager) and Sylvester Levay
Performed by Silver Convention
Courtesy of Edition Butterfly / Roswitha Kunze
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Robbed of a Best Picture Oscar
2 October 1998 | by Hippie69See all my reviews

Boogie Nights was without a doubt the best film of 1997. I could watch this movie over and over and over and still love it. I'm in no rush to watch that overblown romance/disaster epic Titanic again. The fact that Boogie Nights did not even receive a Best Picture nomination just goes to prove how predictable and narrow-minded the Academy is. Only Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter and Robert Zemeckis's Contact came close to being as great as Boogie Nights. No other filmmaker in recent years has come even remotely close to making a film as good as Tarantino's Pulp Fiction -- until now. Paul Thomas Anderson rose to the challenge and succeeded. Just as Tarantino gave John Travolta's career a kick, P.T. Anderson has given Burt Reynolds the kick that his career needs. Boogie Nights will also undoubtedly make stars of Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, and John Reilly. Overall, a wonderful film. The best since Pulp Fiction. Maybe even better.


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