Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Time: 155 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, William H. Macy


Eddie Adams, a young man working in a nightclub, is discovered by porn director Jack Horner, who soon puts Eddie, renamed Dirk Diggler, and his “talent” on the top of the pornography industry. But when the 1980s arrive, Dirk and his colleagues in the porn industry have to cope with a new era as well as the baggage they bring with them from the 1970s.


  • In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of friends, including fellow actors Amber Waves (Julianne Moore), Rollergirl (Heather Graham) and Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), Dirk fulfills all his ambitions, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down.

    Boogie Nights is Paul Thomas Anderson’s opus on the porn industry but its a film that manages to be more than just that. Heavily inspired by Robert Altman’s ensemble dramas, Boogie Nights is a film that’s rich on characters, exceptionally well-directed and superbly written, It’s also an enthralling period-piece. As someone who is a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, I love this film to bits and pieces.

    Boogie Nights drew me with its stylish direction, but it becomes truly involving once the characters start talking and interacting and once the film got going I could not take my eyes off the screen. Paul Thomas Anderson is a great story-teller, and it’s this quality that sets his films apart as ingenious and original pieces of work.

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  • Boogie Nights remains to this day, my favorite film of all time. It’s a firecracker, a kaleidoscope of colorful, 70’s pop culture. Paul Thomas Anderson pays homage to a host of brilliant directors like Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, and Quentin Tarantino to guide his camera and volt forward, his supreme storytelling style. With a plot that involves the trials and tribulations of everyone involved in the adult film world, “Nights” has a cast here that is full of interesting, quirky characters. It also has a couple of enthralling (not to mention elaborate) steadicam shots and possession of a soundtrack that tracks gleefully, the rhythms of all the fabulous, energized jump cuts.

    Mark Wahlberg as the lead and well hung male adult actor (Dirk Diggler), gives a startling, breakthrough performance. But it’s Burt Reynolds who bests him as his go-to porn director. Burt’s star never shined so bright as it did here (and this is over a 50 plus year career).

    Look for a drug deal scene gone amuck, a donut shop scene posing as a Mexican standoff, and a disco dance sequence that gives you your Saturday Night Fever fix.

    Overall, this is what invigorating, epic, staunch film making is all about. A giddy masterpiece!

    Rating: 4 out of 4 stars

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