Boogie Nights (1997)
Front Cover Actor
Burt Reynolds Jack Horner
Julianne Moore Amber Waves
Mark Wahlberg Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler
Luis Guzmán Maurice T. Rodriguez
Rico Bueno Hot Traxx Waiter
John C. Reilly Reed Rothchild
Nicole Ari Parker Becky Barnett
Don Cheadle Buck Swope
Heather Graham Rollergirl/Brandy
William H. Macy Little Bill
Philip Seymour Hoffman Scotty
Luis Guzman Maurice T. Rodriguez
Alfred Molina Rahad Jackson
Thomas Jane Todd Parker
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer Paul Thomas Anderson; Lloyd Levin; Michael De Luca
Writer Paul Thomas Anderson
Studio New Line Home Video
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 32 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Even if the notorious 1970s porn-filmmaking milieu doesn't exactly turn you on, don't let it turn you off to this movie's extraordinary virtues, either. Boogie Nights is one of the key movies of the 1990s, and among the most ambitious and exuberantly alive American movies in years. It's also the breakthrough for an amazing new director, whose dazzling kaleidoscopic style here recalls the Robert Altman of Nashville and the Martin Scorsese of GoodFellas. Although loosely based on the sleazy life and times of real-life porn legend John Holmes, at heart it's a classic Hollywood rise-and-fall fable: a naive, good-looking young busboy is discovered in a San Fernando Valley disco by a famous motion picture producer, becomes a hotshot movie star, lives the high life, and then loses everything when he gets too big for his britches, succumbs to insobriety, and is left behind by new times and new technology. Of course, it ain't exactly A Star Is Born or Singin' in the Rain. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (in only his second feature!) puts his own affectionately sardonic twist on the old showbiz biopic formula: the ambitious upstart changes his name and achieves stardom in porno films as "Dirk Diggler." Instead of drinking to excess, he snorts cocaine (the classic drug of '70s hedonism); and it's the coming of home video (rather than talkies) that helps to dash his big-screen dreams. As for the britches ... well, the controversial "money shot" explains everything. And the cast is one of the great ensembles of the '90s, including Oscar nominees Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg (who really can act--from the waist up, too!), Heather Graham (as Rollergirl), William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Ricky Jay. DVD extras include nine deleted scenes and a commentary track from Anderson. --Jim Emerson
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Index 1388
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/04
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Owner NF
Links Amazon US
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Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 794043465024
Release Date 4/7/98
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby Letterboxed