Boogie NightsDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
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 (Burt Reynolds), a director who makes "adult films, exotic motion pictures." In 1977, while hanging out at a disco, Jack spots Eddie (Mark/i>… See more details below
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 (Burt Reynolds), a director who makes "adult films, exotic motion pictures." In 1977, while hanging out at a disco, Jack spots Eddie (Mark Wahlberg), 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 (Julianne Moore), a porn actress who applies her misplaced maternal instincts to anyone who needs nurturing; Rollergirl (Heather Graham), a cheerful but blank-faced high school drop-out who never removes her roller skates; Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), a none-too-bright actor, aspiring magician, and failing songwriter; Buck (Don Cheadle), a black actor fascinated with cowboy iconography who wants to open a stereo shop; Scotty J (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a stocky and awkward soundman infatuated with Dirk; Little Bill (William H. Macy), Jack's assistant director, who has trouble dealing with his wife's brazen infidelity; and Colonel James (Robert Ridgely), 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 Paul Thomas Anderson juggled a broad range of characters in a manner reminiscent of Robert Altman'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.
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Cast & Crew
|Mark Wahlberg||Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler|
|Burt Reynolds||Jack Horner|
|Julianne Moore||Amber Waves|
|John C. Reilly||Reed Rothchild|
|Don Cheadle||Buck Swope|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Scotty|
|William H. Macy||Little Bill|
|Luis Guzman||Maurice T. Rodriguez|
|Alfred Molina||Rahad Jackson|
|Robert Ridgely||The Colonel|
|Ricky Jay||Kurt Longjohn|
|Philip Baker Hall||Floyd Gondolli|
|Nina Hartley||Little Bill's Wife|
|Melora Walters||Jessie St. Vincent|
|Nicole Ari Parker||Becky Barnett|
|Thomas Jane||Todd Parker|
|Laurel Holloman||Eddie's Girlfriend|
|Paul Thomas Anderson||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Ted Berner||Art Director|
|Mark Bridges||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lawrence Gordon||Executive Producer|
|Stephen Halbert||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael Penn||Score Composer|
|Sandy Struth||Set Decoration/Design|
|John Wildermuth||Asst. Director|
|Bob Ziembicki||Production Designer|
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a really good movie i enjoyed it well because of Mark Walbergh.
The topic is unsavory and not something that I would be drawn to. However, after seeing a portion of this movie at a friends house I had to rent it myself. The acting in this movie, in my opinion, is intense. The characters are so misguided with little forethought to life in general. The actors get lost in this drama and it engrossed me. There is a scene between Julianne Moore & Mark Wahlberg that is so exquisitely acted, the emotions and intimacy almost embarrassed me; as if I were peering in on something private (it is not a sex scene). Anyway, this is a movie that whenever someone mentions it, I go, "Ohhh, that's SUCH a good movie.". It's a classic.
Paul Thomas Anderson was probably in grade school when this late 70's/early 80's screen saga was really going on. So you can tell that he did his homework when you actually feel that era when watching this sharply made period piece about California porn. There was a difference between porn produced on the left coast and in NYC and Anderson gets it right by relying on the (uncredited) technical guidence he no doubt received from adult film icons Ron Jeremy (Techincal Advisor) and in supporting parts, Nina Hartley, who appears briefly but importantly as Willam H. Macy's cheating wife, and John Dough (in a cameo). A lot of the hype was about Mark Wahlberg's prosthetic (it gets ample reference and screen time), but it should have been on the homage this film pays to what is now considered erotic cinemas' ''Golden Era'' and how it's (now) greatly missed by more people than you know who can't admit it. Makes you wonder if Clarence Thomas got misty when watching this one.
This movie captured the raise and fall (pardon the pun) of a porn star in a very artistic manner. A new classic so buy it!
Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Boogie Nights'' is an ensemble epic of the low road which manages to be about so many characters and things, but ultimately comes right down to a story of surrogate family in the Valley during the 70s porn industry's hay day. Mark Wahlberg is Dirk Diggler, a talented star of adult film who manages to go from being a 17 year old living at his parents home named Eddie Adams, to an overblown (no pun intended) sensation called Dirk Diggler. He finds family in the home of Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds in his Oscar-nominated and robbed performance), Amber Waves (Julianne Moore, cruelly robbed of an Oscar here) and Rollergirl (the underrated Heather Graham). He also finds solace from a group of colorful characters like Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), Becky Barnett (Nicole Parker), Buck Swope (Don Cheadle), Jessie St. Vincent (Melora Walters) and a few behind the scenes people like Little Bill (William H. Macy), Scotty J (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Kurt Longjohn (Ricky Jay). The story is a typical ''Scarface'', ''GoodFellas'' esque rise and fall tale of how a young man makes it big in the late 70s and how video ruins the ''artistic vision'' in the 80s and he gets sucked down into the pits of a cocain addiction, male prostitution, and crime. This is spearheaded by Todd Parker (Thomas Jane), a no-good influence on Dirk who takes him eventually to the home of a drug enthusiast named Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina-in a scene stealing turn here). Dirk finds the way home and tries to pull himself back out of the gutter. This is a wonderful film, filled with ingenious cinematography, breathtaking performances and great writing. It's oscar for best screenplay got stolen from it and every other nomination it could have gotten was robbed as well! This is a masterpiece, the best film of 1997 and the second best of the 90s!
Spanning the height of the disco era, 1977-84, "Boogie Nights" (1997) offers a visually stunning exploration of the adult entertainment industry, centering on a hard-core movie outfit whose members form a close-knit extended family no doubt established writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the hottest filmmakers of today. When he was 17, a high-school kid in Van Nuys, Calif., he got a video camera and made a half-hour movie called "The Dirk Diggler Story", partly inspired by the sad tale of the late legendary porn star John Holmes, partly inspired by his curiosity about what was going on behind the walls of the anonymous porno studio warehouses he'd seen growing up in the San Fernando Valley. There was never any doubt he was meant to make movies. The intense, slightly built Anderson was too impatient to get to work to linger in school. He spent two semesters as an English major at Emerson College, and two days at NYU film school. A short film led to an invitation to the Sundance Lab, where he developed the script for his first feature, "Hard Eight" (1997), It was a striking debut (starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Philip Baker Hall), but few people saw it. Hollywood, however, was not blind to his talent. When he approached New Line with his script about the porn industry, it jumped aboard. A deal was cut: New Line would let Anderson make a 2½ hour movie, but it had to get an R, not an NC-17, rating. Getting his R took months of back-and-forth negotiations with the MPAA ratings board. The board let him know it loved the movie-indeed it told him it wanted it to be an NC-17, to restore class to a category it felt had been sullied by "Showgirls" (1995). His striking command of technique, bravura filmmaking and passionate exploration of the possibilities of a new kind of storytelling recall the young Martin Scorsese of "Mean Streets" (1973). The link to Scorsese has other foundations as well. In its approach to the porn industry as a unique social milieu, with its own heroes, players and norms, "Boogie Nights" resembles "GoodFellas" (1990), Scorsese's chronicle of organized crime, and to a certain extent, Robert Altman's cynical take on studio politics in "The Player" (1992). All three movies document subcultures considered exotic by the mainstream, highlighting their complex duality of values: the seamy, sordid elements in combination with more humanistic and familial ones. In 1977, when the story opens, porn movies are shot on film and play in theaters, and a director can dream of making one so good that the audience members would want to stay in the theater even after they had achieved what they came for. By 1983, when the story closes, porn has shifted to video and most of the movies are basically just gynecological loops. There is hope, at the outset, that a porno movie could be "artistic" and less hope towards the end of the film. In this wide but precise narrative, there's Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a small-talent pornographer who fancies his screwing stories are real movies Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), an ambitious kid whose self-esteem has been pounded into the ground by a crazed mother Reed (John C. Reilly), a dumbbell whose minimal talents don't carve out a living in the real world and Rollergirl (Heather Graham), a high school failure who yearns for an authority figure to give her direction. They all come together as "artists," grinding out smutty movies and, alas, giving each other the encouragement and emotional support they have never received elsewhere in their lives. With his shrewd eye for character and setting, writer-director Anderson has crafted a psychological parody of the San Fernando Valley that is Fellini-esque in its horrifying imagery and its cacophonous craziness. "Boogie Nights" gets all the details right, nailing down t
What kind of a madman would think of making a movie chronicling the rise and fall of a porn star, simple, Paul Thomas Anderson. This movie is one of the most daring films i have seen, it tries to capture a Henry Hill-like porn star's journey in the late seventies early eighties. The direction is spotless, and it takes from Scorsese and Altman. Paul Thomas Anderson has made three great movies, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and this. I have to say that this is his best, with Magnolia in a close second. The long steady cam scenes and the powerful screenplay (along with uutterly stunning visuals) have made Paul Thomas Anderson the next big director. The acting is top notch here, Mark Wahlberg is at the top of his game as Eddie Adams (AKA Dirk Diggler), the lead role. The supporting acting is so good that the subplots (of which this movie has many) are wonderful. The best is Burt Reynolds, playing a adult film director named Jack Horner, this is his best movie in a long time. The era this movie embodies comes alive with stunning atmosphere and wonderful music, Anderson knows this stuff. The first act is filled with an introduction into the adult film industry, a truely unique expirience. In it we see Eddie transform from a shy kid into Dirk Diggler, a well reknown porn star. The second act is arguably the best. Here we see all the characters introduced in the first part going through rough times. The end is the best, filled with ripe images of each character (reminescent of Altman). The best is Wahlberg's Eddie, who becomes a crack addled has been whose descent into madness and depravity is vividly portrayed on film. The movie is very well, in fact one of the best i've seen, but it does deal with some touchy subject matter (including male prostitution), but keep an open mind while you watch this movie. Although Titanic sweep the Oscars in 1997, i think this indeed is the best movie of the year by far, and it goes down as one of the best movies ever.
Enter the world of Jack Horner and you will meet some of the most interesting characters ever put on film. This is far and away my favorite movie of 1997. The list of outstanding and break-through performances is simply amazing, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Alfred Molina, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Ridgely, and of course, Burt Reynolds in his career defining roll. So, if you want a wonderfully twisted and nostalgic look at the 70's, join Dirk, Scotty, Buck, and the Colonel in "Boogie Nights".