Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Run Time: 155 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R
Release Year: 1997
Starring: , Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Nicole Ari Parker, William H. Macy
In a world before VHS and online downloads, Boogie Nights traces the rise and fall of a porno star through the pants of infamous Dirk Diggler.
Boogie Nights takes place during the 1970s heyday of pornography – when porn was shot on film, played in movie theaters, and its stars were, um, huge. Taking center stage in this all-star cast is Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), a young man who’s really good at “one” thing…and you know what that one thing is. Discovered by Director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds at his comeback best) while working at a crappy restaurant, Diggler becomes part of a close-knit California porn family full of all different shades of dysfunctional characters. Boogie Nights traces his triumphant rise to stardom along with his inevitable tragic downfall into drugs and other nefarious deeds.