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Boogie Nights (1997)



Critic Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.

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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and welcomes him into the extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on that are always around. Adams' rise from nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer is meteoric, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, "Dirk Diggler." Now, when disco and drugs are in vogue, fashion is in flux and the party never seems to stop, Adams' dreams of turning sex into stardom are about to collide with cold, hard reality. Featuring an amazing, award-winning cast, including Mark Wahlberg ("The Departed," "We Own the Night"), Burt Reynolds ("Deliverance"), John C. Reilly ("Magnolia"), Julianne Moore ("Children of Men"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("State & Main"), Don Cheadle ("Talk to Me"), William H. Macy ("Bobby"), and many more.

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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
Luis Guzman
as Maurice T. Rodriguez
William H. Macy
as Little Bill
Alfred Molina
as Rahad Jackson
Philip Baker Hall
as Floyd Gondolli
Robert Ridgely
as The Colonel
Melora Walters
as Jessie St. Vincent
Nina Hartley
as Little Bill's Wife
Thomas Jane
as Todd Parker
Ricky Jay
as Kurt Longjohn
Stanley DeSantis
as Jerry, Buck's Manager
Howard Morris
as Mr. Brown
Joanna Gleason
as Dirk's Mother
Laurel Holloman
as Sheryl Lynn
Don Amendolia
as Bank Worker
Jason Andrews
as Johnny, the Colonel's Limo Driver
Samson Barkhordarian
as Hot Traxx Chef
Brad Braeden
as Big Stud
Kevin Breznahan
as Sheryl Lynn's Husband
Rico Bueno
as Hot Traxx Waiter
Jose Chaidez
as Puerto Rican Kid
Joe GM Chan
as Rahad's Asian Kid, Cosmo
Dustin Courtney
as Donut Boy
Jake Cross
as Watcher No. 2
John Doe
as Thomas, Amber's Husband
Tom Dorfmeister
as Watcher No. 1
Robert Downey Sr.
as Burt, Recording Studio Manager
as Colonel's Girlfriend at Hot Traxx
as Tyrone
Allan Graf
as Man with Gun
Laura Gronewald
as Angie, Floyd's Kid
Vernon Guichard II
as Mugsy Jack's Bartender
Mike Gunther
as Surfer Punk No. 2
Lawrence Hudd
as Dirk's Father
Amber Hunter
as Colonel's O.D. Lady Friend
Ron Jeremy
as Jail Guard
B. Philly Johnson
as Rahad's Bodyguard
Israel Juarbe
as Maurice's Brother No. 1
Raymond Laboriel
as Hot Traxx Patron
Greg Lauren
as Young Stud
Loren Lazerine
as Police Officer
Henry Lee
as Tailor
Lexi Leigh
as Amateur Actress, Floyd's Kid
Thomas Lenk
as Tommy, Floyd's Kid
Kai Lennox
as High School/College Kid
Michael Penn
as Nick, Recording Studio Engineer
Jonathan Quint
as Johnny Doe
George Anthony Rae
as Maurice's Brother No. 2
Leslie Redden
as KC Sunshine
Jack Riley
as Lawyer
Cannon Roe
as Surfer
as Jacuzzi Girl No. 1
Alexander D. Slanger
as Pete, Floyd's Kid
Michael Raye Smith
as Surfer Punk No. 1
Melissa Spell
as Becky's Friend in Hot Traxx
Michael Stein
as Super-Duper Stereo Customer
Michael Scott Stencil
as Surfer Punk No. 3
Summer Cummings
as Jacuzzi Girl No. 2
Tony Tedeschi
as New Year's Eve Young Stud
Jody Wood
as Pedestrian
Sharon Ferrol
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Anne Fletcher
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Scott Fowler
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Melanie A. Gage
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Eddie Garcia
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Sebastian Lacause
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Lance MacDonald
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Diane Mizota
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Nathan Frederic Prevost
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Lisa E. Ratzin
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Dee Dee Weathers
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Darrel W. Wright
as Hot Traxx Dancer
Jon Brion
as Awards Ceremony Band Member
Brian Kehew
as Awards Ceremony Band Member
Robin Sharp
as Awards Ceremony Band Member
Audrey Wiechman
as Awards Ceremony Band Member
Nicole Ari Parker
as Becky Barnett
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Critic Reviews for Boogie Nights

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (17)

A beautifully made survey of '70s excess, filtered through the trashy world of the burgeoning porno film industry in southern California.

March 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The pop 1970s were typified in part by cheesy fashions, ephemeral music and a regular diet of daring, cutting-edge movies that arguably made that decade Hollywood's richest. Blistering Boogie Nights recaptures the spirit of that time on all three counts.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Tarantino comparison is ultimately less about technique than a shared joyful electricity of the filmmaking, the sense of an artist clearly high on the sheer act of making a movie.

October 29, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nights humanized these actors and made them live beyond their reputations.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.

February 4, 2010 | Rating: A

Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boogie Nights


A well-done "Goodfellas"-esque take on the porn industry during its heyday and a naive young man (Mark Wahlberg) with a special "talent" who goes from waiter to adult film star after being plucked by a wealthy titan (Burt Reynolds) of the business. Not only is this movie a serious, saddening take on those involved in the industry who wreck their lives seemingly without trying, it is also a successful satire whose dark sense of humor is much needed to a film full of such despair, loneliness, and depravity. It does suffer from over-population from a character standpoint (especially William H. Macy in a thankless, pointless role that does not utilize his talents properly), but its ability to possess a certain sweetness is a phenomenal feat for director Paul Thomas Anderson to pull off. It has style, laughs, a riveting lead performance from Wahlberg, some excellent supporting turns, memorable scenes (hello Alfred Molina cameo!), and an ending that doesn't leave you as depressed as many of its characters become. Not a film for everyone, certainly a graphic portrayal of a seedy business, but still a fascinating take on those involved in it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Although a lot of people rate this movie highly as one of a kind, to me it's just a usual movie with a different taste of promising story but turn out just okay.. IMHO, the second half of this movie is quite boring, especially because of slow pace they gave for this movie... The story itself actually pretty good, the rising and downfall of porn star Dirk Diggler, and who knows a lot of the characters in this movie became some big actors until now like Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, or even the unexpected Philip Seymour Hoffman..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


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