Boogie Nights

Lists: Drama, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 93 (Rank from 1997: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Patrick Devitt100
Andy Watches Movies97(full review)
David Baruffi97
Lisa Marie Bowman95 - It is not about porn. It is about community.
(full review)
Dan O'Neill90 - Though it never goes deep enough, Boogie Nights is a great ride from PT Anderson, complete with a pitch-perfect cast, inspired script and direction, and just the overall feel of your actually there.
(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83
Skooch70(full review)

People Involved

  • Mark Wahlberg (Eddie Adams alias Dirk Diggler)
  • Burt Reynolds (Jack Horner)
  • John C. Reilly (Reed Rothchild)
  • Julianne Moore (Amber Waves - Maggie)
  • Thomas Jane (Todd Parker)
  • Heather Graham (Brandy alias Rollergirl)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Scotty J.)
  • William H. Macy (Little Bill)
  • Don Cheadle (Buck Swope)
  • Luis Guzmán (Maurice TT Rodriguez)
  • Alfred Molina (Rahad Jackson)
  • Robert Ridgely (The Colonel James)
  • Philip Baker Hall (Floyd Gondoli)
  • Robert Downey Sr. (Studio owner)
  • Nicole Ari Parker (Becky Barnett)
  • Ricky Jay (Kurt Longjohn)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Director)
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