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Burt Reynolds gives directions to scantily-clad Mark Wahlberg, with Ricky Jay lurking in the background.
Burt Reynolds gives directions to scantily-clad Mark Wahlberg, with Ricky Jay lurking in the background.

Thumbnail for Boogie Nights (1997) Boogie Nights (1997)

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Category: Comedy, DramaNotable as: Comedy-drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Indie film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, DramaMain subject: pornography, filmmakingRuntime: 149 - 156 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: California, Los AngelesDirector: Paul Thomas AndersonScreenwriter: Paul Thomas AndersonMusic: Michael PennCinematography: Robert ElswitStars: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters, Robert Ridgely, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzmán Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd LevinStudio: New Line Cinema, Lawrence Gordon ProductionsAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the '80s. The film also features cameos by porn actresses Nina Hartley and Veronica Hart. The film is an expansion of Anderson's mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story. In his audio commentary on the New Line DVD release of his film, Anderson cites reporter Mike Sager’s article from Rolling Stone, “The Devil and John Holmes”, as a major influence.

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