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Boogie Nights

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Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson
Lawrence Gordon
Lloyd Levin
Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
John C. Reilly
Don Cheadle
Heather Graham
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Melora Walters
Nicole Ari Parker
William H. Macy
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) October 10, 1997
Running time 156 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
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Boogie Nights is a 1997 film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly and Heather Graham. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American producer and motion picture executive. ... Lloyd Levin is an award-winning film producer. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... For the author, see Heather Graham Pozzessere. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Melora Walters (born October 21, 1968) is an American actress born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ... Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe (born Nicole Ari Parker on October 7, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an African American actress, who was briefly a model. ... Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... Heatwave was an international Rhythm and blues/Funk band with Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... For the author, see Heather Graham Pozzessere. ...


The film follows a young porn star as he enters the industry in the late 1970s in California, and deals with the highs and lows of success into the 1980s. It also follows several other characters involved in the industry, and their downfalls. A pornographic actor or a porn star is somebody who appears in pornographic movies, live sex shows or peep shows. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...

Contents

Plot

The film depicts the pornographic film industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s as seen through the life of a young porn star, Dirk Diggler, played by Mark Wahlberg. This film details his discovery by porn director Jack Horner (based on William Margold), played by Burt Reynolds. The story concerns Diggler's entry into the business, his rise to stardom, and his eventual downfall due to cocaine and methamphetamine-induced paranoia and impotence, having become an arrogant "star". It ends with his reconciliation with Horner. Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A pornographic actor or a porn star is somebody who appears in pornographic movies, live sex shows or peep shows. ... Dirk Diggler is a fictional character in Paul Thomas Andersons 1997 film Boogie Nights, in which he was played by Mark Wahlberg. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... William Margold (born October 2, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American pornographic actor and activist. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... This article is about the psychostimulant, d-methamphetamine. ... For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... Impotence or, more clinically, erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis for satisfactory sexual intercourse regardless of the capability of ejaculation. ...


Dirk Diggler's rise and fall serves as a way to explore a number of characters and the fashions and foibles of the late 1970s and early 1980s. All the characters experience a variety of highs and lows as the plot intertwines the stories of the characters Jack, Amber, Buck, Rollergirl, and Dirk.


Jack discovers a young Eddie Adams working in a nightclub and shortly after recruits him into the industry. Eddie adopts the moniker "Dirk Diggler" and quickly becomes an adult film celebrity, winning several adult film awards and spending his earnings on clothes, shoes, a new apartment, and his most prized possession, a "competition orange" Corvette.


Jack's assistant, Little Bill (William H. Macy) is married to another porn star (played by real-life porn queen Nina Hartley) who constantly humiliates him by having sex with other men in public. He catches her cheating on him at a New Years Eve party, goes to his car and retrieves a revolver and shoots both of them and then himself in front of the party crowd. This marks a major turning point of the movie, as most of the characters' lives take a turn for the worst afterward. Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ... Nina Hartley (born Marie Louise Hartman on March 11, 1959 in Berkeley, California) is an American pornographic actress and sex educator. ...


In a lengthy sequence, the film moves from one character to another, showing their attempts and failures to make lives for themselves after they have left the adult film industry. Jack's efforts to continue his porno empire flounder after his main source of funding, Colonel James, is imprisoned for pedophilia. His new source of funding insists upon shooting on lower-cost videotape and using amateur actors. Jack dislikes the videotape format and films that are now being produced without script, character development, or direction. Jack tries to revitalize his career by employing Rollergirl (Heather Graham) to ride around with him in a limousine enticing random strangers to have sex with her on film (based on Jamie Gillis's On the Prowl). The ploy goes very badly when the man they choose at random knows Rollergirl from high school and insults her. She and Jack beat him severely and leave him bleeding on the street. For the author, see Heather Graham Pozzessere. ... Jamie Gillis (born Jamey Ira Gurman on April 20, 1943 in New York, New York, USA ) is an American porn star and a member of the AVN Hall of Fame. ... Japanese Heavy metal band Loudness 14th studio album and their second and last with American vocalist Mike Vescera before his leaving to Yngwie Malmsteens band Rising Force, the album On The Prowl is a compilation of self-covers. ...


Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) finds herself in a nasty custody battle with her former husband over their child. Because of her essentially innocent nature, she is stunned when the court determines that she is unfit to be a mother due to her involvement in the porn industry, her past criminal record and her addiction to cocaine. Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ...


Buck Swope (Don Cheadle) marries another porn star, Jessie St. Vincent (Melora Walters), who, shortly thereafter, becomes pregnant. After being denied a bank loan to open a stereo store, Buck stops at a donut shop that is in the process of being robbed. In a strange twist of fate, the clerk, thief, and a gun-wielding customer who tries to stop the robbery, all end up killing each other. Buck escapes with the money the thief would otherwise have stolen. He uses the money to open a stereo store. Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Melora Walters (born October 21, 1968) is an American actress born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ...


Dirk (Mark Wahlberg) becomes addicted to cocaine and methamphetamine, and has a violent falling out with Jack (Burt Reynolds) during a film shoot. He and Reed (John C. Reilly) leave to pursue their dream of forming an early-'80s rock band; however, due to their enormous cocaine addiction, they are unable to pay for their studio recording time. Dirk tries to prostitute himself but is assaulted by a gang of thugs. Dirk and Reed, along with their mutual friend, Todd (Thomas Jane), attempt to scam an associate, Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina), into purchasing a half-kilo of baking soda, which they claim is cocaine. During the deal, Todd attempts a much larger robbery and is killed during the ensuing gunfight. (The incident is loosely based on the real life Wonderland Murders.) Dirk and Reed barely escape the house alive. Not long after, Dirk returns to Jack's house and the two reconcile. Dirk re-enters the adult industry and most of the characters appear to be living in Jack's house, their version of a family. For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... This article is about the psychostimulant, d-methamphetamine. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... For the 15th century English Bishop of Norwich, see Thomas Jane (Bishop of Norwich). ... Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... “Kg” redirects here. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ...


Background

The idea of Boogie Nights was developed after Paul Thomas Anderson made the short mockumentary The Dirk Diggler Story on home video in 1988. The project was inspired by Anderson's infatuation with the absurdities of pornography and behind-the-scenes stories of porn stars. In particular, The Dirk Diggler Story was influenced by a documentary called Exhausted that featured John Holmes as its subject. The documentary was directed by Julia St. Vincent and Anderson describes it as a "love letter" to Holmes, (the documentary itself goes as far as to label Holmes as a "love god"). Both the documentary and Holmes had large impacts on the Boogie Nights characters Dirk Diggler and Amber Waves. This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988) better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character in a series of related films), was one of the most famous male adult film stars of all time, appearing in about 2,500 adult loops, stag films...


After Anderson had completed the dismal experience of writing and directing his first feature film Sydney (renamed Hard Eight by the studio) he went to work writing Boogie Nights with The Dirk Diggler Story as a starting point. The script eventually became a gargantuan 185 page story that featured many interweaving character plots about individuals in the pornography industry, almost all of them being inspired by real life accounts that Anderson had researched over the years. Anderson was very frank with studio executives when he pitched the film around Hollywood, stating up front that it would be three hours long and rated NC-17 due to its subject matter. Although he knew that this would alienate the vast majority of executives to whom he tried to sell the project, Anderson did so in order to limit the potential intervention that had resulted in Sydney being taken away from him by the studio. Hard Eight is a 1996 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


Nevertheless, Mike De Luca at New Line Cinema supported Anderson and the script entirely. New Line green-lighted the script, assuming that the nostalgic 1970s setting and outstanding soundtrack would be enough to market the picture. The only conditions were that the film not go over its low $15 million budget and that it ensure an R rating from the MPAA. Both conditions were implemented to see that the film would make a profit for New Line, and Anderson acquiesced to the rating change. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...


Rather than playing it safe and trying to please other people, as was the case with Hard Eight, Anderson shot every scene of the script and was unwilling to cut much out of the film. His stubborn attitude towards studio executives only worsened when the film was first screened for test audiences. Many people were expecting a light, nostalgic 1970s comedy about pornography and were instead shown a long, drawn-out, dark and complicated drama. Support of the project began to wane until critics saw the film and began showering it with praise. In its eventual theater release, it made a modest $26 million (a larger profit was made by its video release). By the end of 2006, the film had grossed $43,101,594 internationally, $26,400,640 in the USA and $16,700,954 overseas. The film's critical success kept Anderson at New Line for his next film, Magnolia. Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ...


Main characters

Eddie "Dirk Diggler" Adams (Mark Wahlberg)—Born Eddie Adams, Dirk is a handsome but dimwitted high school dropout with a 13-inch penis who is recruited into the porn industry by director Jack Horner. He changes his name to Dirk Diggler and becomes an instant success in the porn world. In the 1980s he becomes addicted to cocaine and after a dispute with Jack, leaves his studio. Dirk is the central character in the story and the one who has the greatest effect on all the other characters. Dirk's character is largely inspired by the life of the priapic porn king, John C. Holmes (who is referenced briefly in the film). Aspects of actor Mike Ranger's life were also thrown in the mix (i.e. his affair with an older actress). Dirk Diggler is a fictional character in Paul Thomas Andersons 1997 film Boogie Nights, in which he was played by Mark Wahlberg. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988) better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character in a series of related films), was one of the most famous male adult film stars of all time, appearing in about 2,500 adult loops, stag films...


Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds)—A successful director of pornographic films. He meets Eddie Adams in a nightclub in Reseda, California, and convinces him to consider a career in adult cinema. He's a wise and kind fatherly figure who has formed close, caring relationships with many of his regular cast and crew. His dream is to direct films that are not simply sexy, but have stories that grip the audience even after they've climaxed. His chance to make such a film ultimately comes along with the first "Brock Landers" film. The Jack Horner character has been attributed to an amalgam of porn moguls such as William Margold, Bob Chinn, and Bill Amerson. Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Reseda, California is a neighborhood within the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Bill Amerson was a pioneer and mogul in the adult film industry in the late-1960s all the way to the late-1980s[1]. Bill Amerson was the first adult film producer in the United States to produce so-called hard core entertainment. ...


Amber Waves (Julianne Moore)—The star female actress in Jack Horner's stable of porn stars. She's a cocaine addict and also has serious emotional issues which constitute the primary reasons she's lost the custody of her son to her ex-husband. Amber's son is never seen in the movie and the closest he comes to her is an unsuccessful attempt to call her. She falls in love with Dirk soon after meeting him and essentially takes him on as a new son. Her care is not always beneficial, however, and she introduces Dirk to cocaine and he becomes addicted. Amber's real name is Maggie. Much of the inspiration for this character was from Julia St. Vincent, girlfriend of John Holmes. However, Julia was never a porn starlet. Veronica Hart also is listed an inspiration by Anderson in the commentary and appears as the judge in the child-custody hearing Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Jane Esther Hamilton (born October 27, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former American pornographic actress and current porn director who performed under the name Veronica Hart during the 1980s. ...


Rollergirl (Heather Graham)—An attractive, frequent talent of Jack's films who never takes off her roller skates. Though she is in high school at the beginning of her pornography career, she, like Dirk, drops out of school and Jack takes care of her. She is "adopted" by Amber as a daughter after Dirk leaves Jack's studio to pursue other interests. Rollergirl's real name is Brandy. For the author, see Heather Graham Pozzessere. ...


Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly)—A veteran of the industry, Reed becomes Dirk's best friend. Reed is egocentric and tries to appear more knowledgeable and multi-talented than he actually is. He and Dirk create and star in their own porno series in the late 70s, get hooked on cocaine, and leave Jack's studio at the same time. Reed's one true aspiration outside of porn is to be a magician, which he apparently accomplishes by the end of the film. John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ...


Buck Swope (Don Cheadle)—A part-time stereo salesman and porn star. Buck relentlessly tries to find a fashion style that suits him, and ends up showcasing some of the wilder forms of dress of the 1970s and 1980s. He marries fellow porn star Jessie St. Vincent and she soon becomes pregnant. During the 80s, Buck tries to open his own stereo store, but his loan application is turned down by the bank because of his ties to pornography. He later opens the store, after getting the money from the robbery of a donut shop he happened to be in. By a strange contingency, the robber, the clerk, and the customer who killed the robber all ended up dead, allowing him to leave with the money. Don Cheadle (born November 29, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Scotty J. (Philip Seymour Hoffman)—A shy and nervous homosexual member of Jack's filming crew. Scotty J. works menial positions behind the camera, mostly as boom operator. He falls in love with Dirk the first time he sees him. Scotty idolizes and emulates Dirk and at one point during a drunken stupor even tries to kiss him, but is rejected. However, along with Reed, Scotty follows and supports Dirk even after his falling out with Jack. Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... A boom operator is an assistant of the production sound mixer. ...


Little Bill (William H. Macy)—Jack's meek assistant director. Little Bill has very little self-esteem due to his timid nature and his porn star wife (played by real life porn starlet Nina Hartley), who spends most of her time publicly (and privately) having intercourse with various other men. On New Year's Eve 1979, during Jack's party, Little Bill's tolerance for his wife's infidelity runs out and he shoots her, the man she is sleeping with, and finally himself. Little Bill's death is the turning point in the movie, when things turn from good to bad for all the characters involved. Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ... Nina Hartley (born Marie Louise Hartman on March 11, 1959 in Berkeley, California) is an American pornographic actress and sex educator. ... For other articles with similar names, see New Year (disambiguation). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Jessie St. Vincent (Melora Walters)—A female porn star who joins Jack's crew after Dirk becomes famous. She and Buck Swope discover a mutual love of sunrises, and fall in love. The name of this character is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Julia St. Vincent, whose biography of John Holmes, "Exhausted" provided inspiration for some of the actual scenes used in the documentary sequence of Boogie Nights. Melora Walters (born October 21, 1968) is an American actress born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ...


Becky Barnett (Nicole Ari Parker)—A black porn star featured in many of Jack's films. She tries to find love and companionship within the industry but fails time and again until finally marrying early in the 1980s to a regional manager at Pep Boys she meets at Jack's New Year's Eve party. Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe (born Nicole Ari Parker on October 7, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an African American actress, who was briefly a model. ...


The Colonel James (Robert Ridgely)—The aging, opulent financier of Jack's films. He is seen frequently with young, petite women and is eventually arrested in the '80s for his child pornography collection which had been discovered during the investigation of an undisclosed crime involving one or more underage girls. This effectively cuts off the supply of funds for Jack Horner's films. He is shown at the end of the film in prison and having been violently assaulted by a fellow inmate. Robert Ridgely (December 24, 1931—February 8, 1997) was an American actor and vocal artist, known for both on-camera roles and extensive voice-over work. ...


Floyd Gondolli (Philip Baker Hall)—A rising producer of the industry. Prior to The Colonel's arrest he tries to convince Jack to start shooting his movies on videotape with unknown actors to cut costs, but Jack refuses. After the Colonel's arrest, Jack has nobody to go to for funding except Floyd, and Floyd will only fund video projects. As a result, Jack is forced into shooting his movies with video. Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ...


Todd Parker (Thomas Jane)—A close friend of Reed's. He's a stripper at a nightclub called Party Boys, but also supplies cocaine for Reed and Dirk. In a drug deal gone bad near the end of the film, Parker is shot and killed by Rahad Jackson. The character shares many connections with Paul Snider. For the 15th century English Bishop of Norwich, see Thomas Jane (Bishop of Norwich). ... A striptease dancer performing. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Paul Leslie Snider (April 15, 1951 – August 14, 1980) was the estranged husband of Playboy model Dorothy Stratten. ...


Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina)—An eccentric drug dealer who spends most of his time listening to mix tapes and free basing cocaine. He lives in an affluent part of town and will buy drugs from anyone. Todd, Reed and Dirk try to sell him fake cocaine with disastrous results. This character is based on real-life gangster Eddie Nash, even down to his trademark line, "You guys wanna play baseball?". Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Eddie Nash (b. ...


Maurice T.T. Rodriguez (Luis Guzmán)—Owner of the nightclub where Dirk initially worked as a busboy and where Jack and his stable of porn actors and crew members hang out. He is also a wanna-be famous Latino porn star, spending a great deal of the time trying to persuade the other characters in allowing him a chance to appear in one of Jack's films. Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956[1]) is a Puerto Rican actor. ...


Kurt Longjohn (Ricky Jay)—A stoic character who works for Jack Horner as a camera operater. Ricky Jay Ricky Jay (b. ... A restored Stoa in Athens. ...


Deleted Scene

DVD special-edition release cover

One major sequence was removed prior to the theatrical release of the film. The sequence focuses on the character Becky and her plight during the 1980s (as with the rest of the characters). In the first cut of the film, it follows the scene of Jack in his office cutting a Johnny Doe video and before Amber attempts to arrange the custody of her son. Image File history File links Boogie_Nights_DVD_boxart. ... Image File history File links Boogie_Nights_DVD_boxart. ...


In the sequence, Becky is being physically abused by her new husband after he becomes increasingly disapproving of her past career in porn. The scene begins with Reed excitedly telling Dirk that Johnny Doe (the younger up-and-comer that Jack hires) has recently died in a car crash. In the original script, Johnny Doe was shown crashing his car into another vehicle driven by Dirk Diggler's parents, with all three being killed. Becky, who is beaten up and frantic while hiding in a locked room, calls for help from Dirk, who is high on cocaine. They arrange to meet. Becky's husband eventually breaks through the door and punches Becky. When he turns his back to walk away, Becky strikes him repeatedly with a frying pan before running out of the house.


Meanwhile, Dirk, who is still sniffing coke while driving to meet Becky, crashes his Corvette into a telephone pole. Upset at ruining his car, Dirk turns around and drives back home; throwing a fit and forgetting about Becky entirely while she waits for him at a restaurant.


Like most of the stories in the film, Anderson was inspired by many similar real-life occurrences. "It turns sour, it turns into this really violent relationship -- which I've heard about a million times in porno where it's the guy meets the girl who's in porno. And he's real turned on and 'wow, baby, that's so fucking hot' and 'my girlfriend's a porno actress' but then two weeks later it's: 'you're a fucking whore, how could you do that?' and he's beating her, you know. And that's a story you hear pretty often, over and over again."


Anderson gives many reasons why this sequence was cut on the DVD commentary for the film: "We had a lot of porno and we had a lot of violence already in the movie and I don't know how much more we needed... We cut it from the movie and I'm glad we did, but it sure is fun to watch it." In addition, while seeing the movie many times over, Anderson was always excited by the courtroom scene with Amber. Eventually, he determined that this was because the Becky sequence was getting in the way of the more prominent characters. The deleted scene is referenced in the finished film, as Dirk says that a phony drug sale to Rahad Jackson would give him enough money to get his Corvette fixed.


In the end, Anderson decided that Becky would leave the story with a happy ending rather than another example of tumbling fate that follows with the rest of the characters in the 1980s.


Soundtrack

Two soundtracks of the film were released; the first in 1997 and the second in 1998. Though the two albums encompass nearly every major song featured in the film;songs omitted are Nena's "99 Luftballoons" (the opening of which is featured as the conclusion to the Rahad Jackson sequence),Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy", and "The Sage" (the cello piece heard at Jack Horner's home) by Chico Hamilton. Music from the Motion Picture Boogie Nights is a soundtrack to the 1997 film of the same name, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Mark Whalberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham. ... Nena (born March 24, 1960 in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German singer who became famous with the New German Wave song 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons in the English version). ... 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons) is a protest song by Nena that reached number one in Germany in 1983 and in the UK in military. ... Andrew Gold (born August 2, 1951, in Burbank, California) is an American singer, musician and songwriter, best known for his 1976 Top 5 single Lonely Boy and the 1978 single Thank You For Being A Friend. Andrews parents were singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous... Lonely Boy is the name of a song written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1976 for his album Whats Wrong with This Picture?. The song features backing vocals provided by Linda Ronstadt. ... Foreststorn Hamilton, better known as Chico Hamilton (born September 21, 1921 in Los Angeles) is a jazz drummer. ...


Awards

The film was nominated for 3 Oscars. Burt Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a porn film director. Julianne Moore also received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as maternal porn star Amber Waves. Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for Best Screenplay. The film won no academy awards, but Reynolds did win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


Trivia

  • The night club scenes were filmed at The Country Club located in Reseda, California.
  • The father of Amber's child is portrayed by John Doe of the punk band X. This band was at the height of its popularity during the time frame covered in Boogie Nights, and its name coincides with the MPAA rating of Jack Horner's movies. There is also a minor character in the film with the name "Johnny Doe".
  • The character Buck Swope talks about "the TK-421 special modification" while trying to sell a stereo. This is a reference to the name of the Imperial Stormtrooper with the bad transmitter in Star Wars. (Star Wars is more directly referenced later in the film in a conversation between Dirk and Reed).
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was Anderson's first choice to play Dirk Diggler, but DiCaprio chose instead to star in James Cameron's Titanic. After watching The Basketball Diaries, Anderson opted to use Mark Wahlberg in the role. DiCaprio stated in 2004 that he wishes he'd chosen Boogie Nights instead.[1] Samuel L. Jackson (who had worked with Anderson previously in Hard Eight) was Anderson's first choice to play the role of Buck Swope. However, according to Anderson, Jackson said he "didn't get it." Don Cheadle was cast instead. Among the actors circling around the Jack Horner role were Warren Beatty and Sydney Pollack, who both turned the film down. Upon seeing the film at its premiere, Pollack regretted turning down the part and cited that he didn't understand it when he read the script, until he saw the finished film.
  • The events in the film take place between 1977 and 1984.
  • A much talked-about scene occurs at the end of the film when Dirk Diggler reveals his huge, flaccid penis while speaking to himself in the mirror. For years afterward, star Mark Wahlberg has been asked if that is his actual penis. It is a prosthetic.
  • The song "The Touch" sung by Mark Wahlberg's character when he tries to become a singing star was originally created for the 1986 Transformers movie. It was performed by Stan Bush. When Transformers: The Movie was released on DVD there is even mention of this in an interview with the film's composer, Vince DiCola; where he states he was very surprised that it was used in another movie. He even called Stan Bush to let him know about it.
  • The opening scene is nearly three minutes long without a cut, and shows most of the characters in the film, ending with a shot of young Eddie Adams (the future Dirk Diggler). At the end of the movie, there is a similar long scene without a cut showing most of the characters, right before the last scene with Dirk in his dressing room. Another long, single take sequence that fleshes out many characters takes place during the first party upon Eddie's arrival to porn as the future Dirk Diggler. The moment where the camera pulls into the pool was inspired by the film I Am Cuba.
  • Jon Brion plays the nonspeaking role of a mustachioed guitarist at the first adult film award show. In an extended sequence of the second award show (that can be found on the DVD), Brion appears with the same band, himself appearing clean shaven and wearing a tuxedo. Brion scored Paul Thomas Anderson's previous film, Hard Eight, with Michael Penn and went on to score his next two films, Magnolia (with Penn's wife, Aimee Mann) and Punch-Drunk Love.
  • Both the firecrackers during the Rahad Jackson scene and Buck Swope's name are references to the 1969 Robert Downey Sr. film Putney Swope, one of P.T. Anderson's favorite films. Robert Downey Sr. even appears in the film as the recording studio manager, and is singled out as "a prince" in the end credits.
  • There is an image of Elliott Gould that appears three times in the film (one of them is on the wall of the porno set during Maurice's big scene).
  • The group Heatwave refused to allow their song "Boogie Nights" to be used in this film because the song was not about pornography.
  • On the DVD, there is an option to view color bars. Doing so reveals an Easter egg. The color bars fade after a few seconds and reveal a gag take of Bob Ridgley presenting an award as the Colonel James and test footage of Mark Wahlberg wearing the prosthetic penis.
  • A number of actual porn stars have roles in the film, including Nina Hartley, Veronica Hart, Little Cinderella, Summer Cummings, Skye Blue, Joe Sausage and Tony Tedeschi.
  • Ron Jeremy was a consultant for the movie (revealed this in interview on 2/13/07 KISSFM Milwaukee).
  • The movie is dedicated to Robert Ridgely. He died of cancer after the movie was completed.
  • The final scene in which Dirk Diggler delivers a monologue into a mirror is a reference to Jake LaMotta's monologue in Raging Bull.

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References

  1. ^ DiCaprio Says 'Titanic' Sunk Him. http://www.imdb.com/ Studio Briefing News. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.

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