Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights

DVD - 2007
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Tale of Dirk Diggler's rise to fame in this hilarious look at the pornography industry, the free-spirited 70s, and the indulgent 80s.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : New Line Home Entertainment, Inc., [2007]
Call Number: DVD F BOOG
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 155 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert ([4] pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,Dolby Digital,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),rda
DVD,NTSC,rda
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akirakato
Feb 13, 2021

Although this movie reflects on the Zeitgeist of the 1970s in California, this film turns out nothing but a B-movie without a gripping story. After thirty minutes, it really gets boring.

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starel
Jan 24, 2021

Interesting .... as someone who "came of age" during this time, a lot of it resonated. Where would we be now - culturally/sexually if AIDS hadn't come along?

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gmoney83
Aug 25, 2019

3.5 stars / acquired taste of a film.

Mark Wahlburg plays an early 20's dishwasher who is well endowed and goes down the rabbit hole that was the porn industry of the late 1970's. I was not alive in this era, but I can appreciate the story of a wide eyed young man dreaming of a better life (granted, a perverted dream of being a porn star). This movie has an all star supporting cast.
There is more to this movie then being a period piece in the porn industry, it is about how people ended up in such a seedy job and what they could have been. One of the guys works at stereo store but wants to make his own music, another guy wants to get out of porn and be a stage magician, this makes a parallel to "us" the audience and how we dream about what it would be like to be in the movies.
This movie is perhaps a bit too "dirty" to ever be a true classic, but it does have a guilty pleasure charm to it. Do you have a friend who tells wild stories and you wish you could have partaken? Boogie Nights is the movie version of that fun time you might have partaken in.

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willpell
Apr 24, 2019

This might have been groundbreaking once...somehow...but now it's just a rather meandering story that barely held my attention. As a period piece with a soundtrack, it's pretty decent, but in terms of an actual plot, things of any relevance don't really start happening until past the halfway point, with only a couple of minor exceptions. And when they do happen, they tend to come out of nowhere and seem overacted, with the ending in particular leaving our "hero" seemingly largely unchanged from how he was an hour earlier. Though there are a few interesting ideas in the flick, it has very little to offer beyond the superficial attractiveness of the actors and sets.

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Courier2003
Jan 20, 2019

Overrated, boring, did not finish.

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 06, 2018

Boogie Nights is another great film by Paul Thomas Anderson, capturing the soul and essence of a fading era and the dawning of a new age.

Anderson makes complicated, multifaceted films. Boogie Nights is no exception, casting this transition is the lives of a group of people, in this case the 'adult entertainment' industry. With the waning years of the 1970s, an age of excess, melding into the 1980s, the me decade with a meaner streak, the film casts an penetrating eye on the lives of those who lived it, the winners and losers (and sometimes both).

Mark Wahlberg turns in a boffo performance as Eddie Adams, aka Dirk Diggler who dreams of stardom and an escape from a dreary life in the seedier parts of LA. His dreams seem fulfilled when he's discovered by Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) an adult film director. Dirk ascends the ladder of success, only to fall, far, into drugs and despair.

Highly recommended, especially to those who love complex, multi-layered films that offer more with repeated viewings.

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candlesticktroughs
Sep 06, 2018

well, burt is dead. for what it's worth, in lennon's playboy interview, late '80, he said that burt was the funniest guy alive. now he's the funniest dead guy, wherever people go after they've stopped living. i hate the cover on this special edition, but philip seymour hoffman's performance is priceless, as is bill macy's. julianne moore. burt. by all means see HARD EIGHT. p.s. you know how sometimes you can make a pun without meaning to ( a freudian slip?) well i was reading the comments below, and in one of them, the writer says he/she means to see all of Anderson's films, including, especially, HARD EIGHT, a gambling--characters study. So, i encourage him/her to do so, having seen it myself in the cinema, and having been favourably impressed with it. So say i, to you all! p.p.s melora walters is in BOOGIE NIGHTS, also; unfortunately most of her scenes appear to have hit the cutting room floor. Alfred Molina has a memorable scene with Thomas Jane and Wahlberg, playing a drug dealer, if my memory serves me on that detail.

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lavasushi
Jun 04, 2018

This was like a ‘90’s travelogue of up and coming stars: Julianna Moore, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Kind of like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” that launched many careers. Cheesy music, the horrible clothes of the 70’s and shallow people hoping for fame in the porn industry. Yikes.

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kidparco
Feb 26, 2018

I saw Boogie Nights upon its release in the fall of 1997 and remember it as one of the most pleasurable and thrilling 2.5 hours I have spent in a theater. At the time, I knew nothing about Paul Thomas Anderson or most of the actors, with the exception of Burt Reynolds, who is a revelation as the director of X-rated features, Jack Horner.

Since enjoying Boogie Nights and earning tremendous respect for Anderson and his stellar cast, I have looked forward to all of this brilliant director's movies and never have been disappointed. Unfortunately I still need to see Punch-Drunk Love and Hard Eight.

Although it is almost criminal to single out just a few performers in the stellar ensemble cast of Boogie Nights, I particularly liked John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, and Julianne Moore. Mark Wahlberg was an inspired choice and he has never topped this role. Again, though, I must come back to Burt Reynolds. He kind of disowned this movie for a while, and that probably cost him the Oscar he deserved. Hard to understand the stories about how Reynolds was uncomfortable with what he saw on the screen--how could he have said these lines, done these scenes, and expected something more...respectable? My hunch is that BR didn't figure the movie would do very well, and then he ends up getting nominated and wanted to take it all back. Whatever. Anderson's choices in Boogie Nights were uniformly smart, and it's the presence of Reynolds, in his restrained and utterly convincing performance, that gives this depiction of 1970s culture its transcendent authenticity. One of the very best movies of the 1990s.

LPL_TraciB Aug 05, 2017

Paul Thomas Anderson's breakthrough film follows the highs and lows of a truly non-traditional family and is by turns sincerely sweet and affectionate as well as true to the harsh realities of this scene at this time.

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ausnos
May 15, 2012

Other: Drug use involved.

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ausnos
May 15, 2012

Violence: Some people get killed during gun fire.

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ausnos
May 15, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout.

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ausnos
May 15, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A man commits suicide with a gun. A burglary gone awry.

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ausnos
May 15, 2012

Sexual Content: LOTS of sexual content since this film deal chiefly with the pornography industry of the late 70's - 80's.

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