Boogie Nights

7.92 h 35 min1997X-Ray18+
Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot talent.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Mark WahlbergBurt ReynoldsJulianne Moore
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William H. MacyJohn C. ReillyDon CheadleHeather GrahamLuis GuzmánPhilip Seymour HoffmanAlfred Molina
Lloyd LevinJohn LyonsPaul Thomas AndersonJoanne Sellars
Warner Bros.
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Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do Not Purchase This Movie via Prime Video, it's Heavily Edited.
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I look through these other reviews without the "verified purchase" label and wonder has anyone applauding the film (which is a Top 3-5 fave of mine) ACTUALLY purchased THIS version through THIS platform? I feel completely ripped off because I've seen the movie so many times, the glaring edits for content made for Prime Video streaming made me give up by 10-15mins it. I know and love this movie like the back of my hand. Where is the warning/disclaimer that the Prime Video version is SO HEAVILY EDITED? It's edited so bad it a) defeats the purpose of even having a movie about this subject available to purchase via Prime Video and b) doesn't make any sense, considering I have similarly explicit movies like Saturday Night Fever and Summer of Sam that don't omit content. I guess I'll have to wait for one of it's periodic reappearances on Netflix, roll the dice purchasing it through YouTube (potentially getting ripped off again?) or eventually buying it in DVD form (I don't currently have a DVD player, just my laptop/attachment to a TV screen and an Apple TV device I haven't used since moving.) Very disappointing to be ripped off etc. Considering it's Covid, I'd even invited a friend over and dressed up like the character Amber Waves, put up my little disco ball set the mood! I'll get around to actively seeking a refund eventually.
19 people found this helpful
GarybeacReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Peace, love, and, then, porn.
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History is repugnant. To most of us, the history of '70's porn is especially sordid and moronic... How an era projects itself is never the reality, but it's usually more useful to later generations than the reality. It's provides a perspective from which we can see how pathetic our own era is, and how limited our dreams of the future are... Enough history has passed under the eye of cinema for the medium to have learned how to capture both the projections and the realities of an era. "Boogie Nights" captures an important moment: middle-class hippies with middle-class fantasies were out and blue-collar disco with blue collar fantasies was in. Disco ruled for less than a decade before AIDS sent us all back to the '50's.
13 people found this helpful
ArloReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
P.T Anderson's 2nd Best Film
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This is such a great film. You actually feel invested in the characters and care about what they go through being in an industry that's frowned upon (not by most people, but by a lot). The plot goes in directions that you don't expect, and there's a surprising amount of bloody violence that actually feels necessary and not just thrown in for violence's sake. Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest directors working today, and I consider this to be his second best movie ("There Will Be Blood" is first). Plus, if this movie can make me take Mark Wahlberg seriously, it must be good.
16 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plenty of movies mythologize Hollywood This does the same for the porn industry
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There are plenty of movies mythologizing Hollywood. Boogie Nights tried to do the same for the porn industry. It chronicled the high and low points of a porn producer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) and his stable of actors and crew in the 1970s-80s.

The movie starts off by portraying Horner’s cast and crew as a bunch of troubled people. His star Maggic/Amber (Julianne Moore) lost custody of her child. His producer Bill (William H. Macy) has a wife that constantly cheats on him. His future star Eddie/Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) is alienated from his domineering mother and wants to make something of himself but is stuck outside of Los Angeles where he wants to be. Rollergirl (Heather Graham) dropped out of school. When they’re on the set and in front of the camera however they forgot about all their issues and feel like they’re somebody. It’s like they’d all found the California Dream.

The story itself is a classic rise and fall. Jack, Dirk and Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly) start making movies that have actual stories as the two leads play action heroes who kick some butt and then have lots of sex. They feel like they’re real movie stars. Then everything falls apart.

Overall this is a great movie about movies. Yes, it’s about porn, but the same story could be played out for Hollywood studios. The characters are all endearing. That’s true down to the supporting cast such as Philip Seymour Hoffman who is gay and has a crush on Wahlberg or Don Cheadle who just wants to be happy with himself.
2 people found this helpful
Jack RyanReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Real 70s Show
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If you survived the 70s, you know what a good job this movie does of evoking that trashy, dopey, low-class decade. The ensemble cast is excellent -- it was Burt's best movie since Deliverance, Wahlberg is perfectly cast as the clueless stud, and most everyone else does great as well. Like the porn it satirizes, the sex is sometimes sexy (Wahlberg and Julianne Moore's scene), but more often sad. With a bouncy pace, fluid camerawork, hideously accurate costumes and an excellent 70s soundtrack, it boogies along very zippily for the first 90 minutes or so. Then it's the 80s, the party's over, and things turn much grimmer and slower for the last hour. Pretty much the whole ensemble has to pay the piper, often in violent ways. I've always felt that last hour was a bit heavy-handed and repetitious, and that at 2.5 hours the movie could've used, say, a 30-minute trim. Still, it's very good.
5 people found this helpful
Mark SReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film
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Boogie Nights is an extraordinary film. Everything is top notch, particularly the film making. Paul Thomas Anderson is known for his style and skill behind the camera and I think this is his best film personally. The story and acting performances are all fantastic. Burt Reynolds is amazing. Heather Graham as Rollergirl is probably the best background actor of all time since she is in about half the scenes skating around somewhere. The editing and music are great as well. If I had one negative thing to say it's that there is a really long scene toward the end of the film that, while a good scene, doesn't seem necessary to the overall film and it really drags the movie out at that point after a pretty perfectly paced film before that scene. But considering how excellent everything else is, it's a minor complaint.
7 people found this helpful
trevor cReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
My new name is dirk dirk digler ok
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Whoa great flick gave Burt another go around in acting made mark a known actor not a rapper ( good vibrations ) he got lucky Leo’s unit would not fit in prosthetics. So mark (dirk) becomes a porn star huge member(prosthetics) life is good oh wait it’s the 80s gets hooked on blow must watch grab a fat joint and a forty of old E and enjoy this masterpiece
2 people found this helpful
MAX POWERReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I can't remember if I had to pay extra for this movie.....but if i did that pisses me off, if not, I was satisfied because this is a GREAT movie !
If you like sex, drugs, & disco..... this one is for you !

P. S.
This is NOT one for the kids obviously.
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