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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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby
  • Letterboxed

Cast

Luis GuzmanMaurice TT Rodriguez
Burt ReynoldsJack Horner
Julianne MooreAmber Waves
Rico BuenoHot Traxx Waiter
John C. ReillyReed Rothchild
Nicole Ari ParkerBecky Barnett
Don CheadleBuck Swope
Heather GrahamRollergirl
Mark WahlbergEddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
William H. MacyLittle Bill
Samson BarkhordarianHot Traxx Chef
Nina HartleyLittle Bill's Wife
Brad BraedenBig Stud
Joanna GleasonDirk's Mother
Lawrence HuddDirk's Father
Michael SteinStereo Customer
Stanley DesantisBuck's Manager
Patricia ForteTeacher
Kai LennoxHigh School / College Kid
Laurel HollomanSheryl Lynn
Jason AndrewsJohnny - Limo Driver
Robert RidgelyThe Colonel James
Lil' CinderellaColonel's Lady Friend
Greg LaurenYoung Stud
Tom DorfmeisterWatcher #1
Jason 'Jake' CrossWatcher #2
Ricky JayKurt Longjohn
Philip Seymour HoffmanScotty J.
Jack WallaceRocky
Selwyn Emerson MillerHot Traxx DJ
Jamielyn KaneColonel's Hot Traxx Girlfriend
Melissa SpellBecky's Girlfriend
Raymond LaborielBecky's Girlfriend's Friend
Melora WaltersJessie St. Vincent
Jon BrionAwards Ceremony Band Member
Brian KehewAwards Ceremony Band Member
Robin SharpAwards Ceremony Band Member
Audrey WiechmanAwards Ceremony Band Member
Tim SoronenRaphael
Michael JaceJerome
Philip Baker HallFloyd Gondolli
Alexander D. SlangerFloyd's Kid - Boy
Tom LenkFloyd's Kid - Boy
Lexi LeighFloyd's Kid - Girl
Laura GronewoldFloyd's Kid - Girl
Thomas JaneTodd Parker
Vernon Guichard IIMugsy Jack's Bartender
Tony TedeschiNew Year's Eve Young Stud
Leslie ReddenKC Sunshine
Gregory T. DanielMinister (as Gregory Daniel)
Jonathan QuintJohnny Doe
Michael PennNick the Engineer
Don AmendoliaBank Worker
Summer CummingsHerself - Jacuzzi Girl
Skye BlueHerself - Jacuzzi Girl
Robert Downey Sr.Burt - Studio Manager
Veronica HartJudge
Jack RileyLawyer
John DoeAmber's Husband
Channon RoeSurfer
Mike GuntherSurfer Punk
Michael Raye SmithSurfer Punk
Michael S. StencilSurfer Punk
Dustin CourtneyDonut Boy
Allan GrafMan with Gun
Jose ChaidezPuerto Rican Kid
B. Philly JohnsonRahad's Bodyguard
Alfred MolinaRahad Jackson
Joe G.M. ChanCosmo - Rahad's Boy
GoliathTyrone
Israel JuarbeMaurice's Brother
George Anthony RaeMaurice's Brother
Eric WinzenriedDoctor
Sharon Ferrol-YoungHot Traxx Dancer (as Sharon Ferrol)
Anne FletcherHot Traxx Dancer
Scott FowlerHot Traxx Dancer
Melanie A. GageHot Traxx Dancer
Eddie GarciaHot Traxx Dancer
Sebastian La CauseHot Traxx Dancer (as Sebastian LaCause)
Lance MacDonaldHot Traxx Dancer (as Lance Macdonald)
Diane MizotaHot Traxx Dancer
Nathan PrevostHot Traxx Dancer (as Nathan Frederic Prevost)
Lisa RatzinHot Traxx Dancer (as Lisa E. Ratzin)
Dee Dee WeathersHot Traxx Dancer
Darrel W. WrightHot Traxx Dancer

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 156 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 10, 1997
    EuropeJan 16, 1998
    JapanOct 10, 1998
    AustraliaFeb 12, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 7, 1998
    EuropeMay 21, 1999
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