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Boogie Nights Details

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While set within the milieu of the Los Angeles adult film industry, Boogie Nights is less a film about pornography than the serio-comic story of a group of misfits, losers, and lost souls who are embraced by Jack Horner ([[Performer~P108069~Burt Reynolds~burtreynolds]]), a director who makes "adult films, exotic motion pictures." In 1977, while hanging out at a disco, Jack spots Eddie ([[Performer~P198251~Mark Wahlberg~markwahlberg]]), the new busboy at the club, and tells him he's convinced "there's something wonderful inside those jeans waiting to get out." Jack knows his business well and his expert eye has not betrayed him; Eddie is a pornographer's dream -- good looking, remarkably endowed, and willing and able to do as many takes as might be needed. The product of a woefully dysfunctional upbringing, Eddie is not terribly bright but is very ambitious and eager to prove he has a "special something" to share with the world. Eddie changes his name to Dirk Diggler and quickly becomes the biggest star in hardcore. Working alongside "Dirk" in Jack's films are Amber Waves ([[Performer~P50325~Julianne Moore~juliannemoore]]), a porn actress who applies her misplaced maternal instincts to anyone who needs nurturing; Rollergirl ([[Performer~P28094~Heather Graham~heathergraham]]), a cheerful but blank-faced high school drop-out who never removes her roller skates; Reed Rothchild ([[Performer~P59476~John C. Reilly~johncreilly]]), a none-too-bright actor, aspiring magician, and failing songwriter; Buck ([[Performer~P12587~Don Cheadle~doncheadle]]), a black actor fascinated with cowboy iconography who wants to open a stereo shop; Scotty J ([[Performer~P32716~Philip Seymour Hoffman~philipseymourhoffman]]), a stocky and awkward soundman infatuated with Dirk; Little Bill ([[Performer~P44480~William H. Macy~williamhmacy]]), Jack's assistant director, who has trouble dealing with his wife's brazen infidelity; and Colonel James ([[Performer~P221384~Robert Ridgely~robertridgely]]), Jack's backer, who has a weakness for young girls. In the brief, late-'70s moment when porn was chic and sex films seemed poised to break into the mainstream, Dirk becomes a star and Jack a respected name. But a few years later, drugs and pride have taken their toll on Dirk and many of his friends, while the advent of the VCR radically changes the adult movie business; Jack goes from being a "filmmaker" to manufacturing and wholesaling videocassettes, a wealthy but emotionally broken man. In his second film, wunderkind director [[Performer~P231996~Paul Thomas Anderson~paulthomasanderson]] juggled a broad range of characters in a manner reminiscent of [[Performer~P79456~Robert Altman~robertaltman]]'s ensemble films, making Boogie Nights a sad but funny story of a makeshift family of damaged people and what happens before and after their brief moment in the sun. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Burt Reynolds Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1997 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burt Reynolds Best Supporting Actor 1997 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress 1997 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress 1997 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julianne Moore Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Paul Thomas Anderson New Generation Award 1997 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director [Runner-up] 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Thomas Anderson Best Original Screenplay 1997 Nominee

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
as Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler
Burt Reynolds
as Jack Horner
Julianne Moore
as Amber Waves
John C. Reilly
as Reed Rothchild
Don Cheadle
as Buck Swope
Heather Graham
as Rollergirl
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Scotty
William H. Macy
as Little Bill
Luis Guzman
as Maurice T. Rodriguez
Alfred Molina
as Rahad Jackson
Robert Ridgely
as The Colonel
Ricky Jay
as Kurt Longjohn
Philip Baker Hall
as Floyd Gondolli
Nina Hartley
as Little Bill's Wife
Melora Walters
as Jessie St. Vincent
Nicole Ari Parker
as Becky Barnett
Thomas Jane
as Todd Parker
Laurel Holloman
as Eddie's Girlfriend

Crew

Paul Thomas Anderson
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer
John Lyons
Producer
Lloyd Levin
Producer
Joanne Sellar
Producer
Joanne Sellar
Screenwriter
Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriter
Robert Elswit
Cinematographer
Michael Penn
Composer (Music Score)
Dylan Tichenor
Editor
Bob Ziembicki
Production Designer
Ted Berner
Art Director
Daniel Lupi
Co-producer
Lawrence Gordon
Executive Producer
Sandy Struth
Set Designer
Mark Bridges
Costume Designer
Stephen Halbert
Sound/Sound Designer
John Wildermuth
First Assistant Director
Christine Sheaks
Casting
Michael De Luca
Co-Executive Producer
Lynn Harris
Co-Executive Producer
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