Movies Boogie Nights (New Line 1997, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham) Published 7 months ago on October 17, 2018 In the 70s and 80s, California was the hotbed for porn films as producers, directors and stars of both sexes believed they were involved in an evolving art form. But, as Anderson’s Oscar-nominated film shows, there was a downside of drugs, deaths, betrayals and violence. The film centres on Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) who has been blessed by nature. A chance meeting with director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) sees his asset shoot him to stardom and a name change to Dirk Diggler, but behind the scenes of satisfied starlets and successful films, Anderson captures the darkness. Wahlberg’s character is based on porn star John Holmes, whose later life descended into shady drugs deals and murder charges and who died in 1988 but the film, given its subject, is surprisingly free of flesh, with the few sex scenes more tasteful than many a Hollywood blockbuster. Instead Anderson, whose short, The Dirk Diggler Story , shot was he was just 17, gave rise to this feature, concentrates on the characters. Wahlberg’s performance is subtly nuanced, as he moves from innocent to ego-fed monster while Oscar-nominated Reynolds is genuinely tragic as a director who believes his work is art. The two female leads, Julianne Moore as the hardened porn star Amber Waves and Heather Graham as the hippy Rollergirl never let the men steal their scenes and, as a fictional record of a certain time, place and licence, Boogie Nights is great drama that is also surprisingly moving. production details USA / New Line – Entertainment – Ghoulardi – Lawrence Gordon / 156 minutes / 1997 Cinematography: Robert Elswit Production Design: Bob Ziembicki Music: Toby Emmerich Producers: Lloyd Levin, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Lyons, Joanne Sellar Writer and Director: Paul Thomas Anderson cast William H. Macy as Little Bill Don Cheadle as Buck Swope Philip Baker Hall as Floyd Gondoli Jack Riley as Lawyer Melora Walters as Jessie St. Vincent Michael Jace as Jerome Kai Lennox as High School / College Kid Philip Seymour Hoffman as Scotty J. Mike Gunther as Surfer Punk Laurel Holloman as Sheryl Lynn Michael Stein as Stereo Customer Luis Guzmán as Maurice TT Rodriguez Mark Wahlberg as Eddie Adams alias Dirk Diggler Burt Reynolds as Jack Horner John C. Reilly as Reed Rothchild Julianne Moore as Maggie alias Amber Waves Thomas Jane as Todd Parker Heather Graham as Brandy alias Rollergirl Alfred Molina as Rahad Jackson Robert Ridgely as The Colonel James Robert Downey Sr. as Studio owner Nicole Ari Parker as Becky Barnett Ricky Jay as Kurt Longjohn Rico Bueno as Hot Traxx Waiter Veronica Hart as Judge Samson Barkhordarian as Hot Traxx Chef Nina Hartley as Little Bill’s Wife Brad Braeden as Big Stud Joanna Gleason as Dirk’s Mother Lawrence Hudd as Dirk’s Father Stanley DeSantis as Buck’s Manager Patricia Forte as Teacher Jason Andrews as Johnny – Limo Driver Lil’ Cinderella as Colonel’s Lady Friend Greg Lauren as Young Stud Tom Dorfmeister as Watcher #1 Jason “Jake” Cross as Watcher #2 Jack Wallace as Rocky Selwyn Emerson Miller as Hot Traxx DJ Jamielyn Lippman as Colonel’s Hot Traxx Girlfriend Missy Spell Tanner as Becky’s Girlfriend Raymond Laboriel as Becky’s Girlfriend’s Friend Jon Brion as Awards Ceremony Band Member Brian Kehew as Awards Ceremony Band Member Robin Sharp as Awards Ceremony Band Member Audrey Wiechman as Awards Ceremony Band Member Tim Soronen as Raphael Alexander D. Slanger as Floyd’s Kid – Boy Tom Lenk as Floyd’s Kid – Boy Lexi Leigh as Floyd’s Kid – Girl Laura Gronewold as Floyd’s Kid – Girl Vernon Guichard II as Mugsy Jack’s Bartender Tony Tedeschi as New Year’s Eve Young Stud Leslie Redden as KC Sunshine Gregory T. Daniel as Minister Jonathan Quint as Johnny Doe Michael Penn as Nick the Engineer Don Amendolia as Bank Worker Summer Cummings as Herself Skye Blue as Herself John Doe as Amber’s Husband Channon Roe as Surfer Michael Raye Smith as Surfer Punk Michael S. Stencil as Surfer Punk Dustin Courtney as Donut Boy Allan Graf as Man with Gun Jose Chaidez as Puerto Rican Kid B. Philly Johnson as Rahad’s Bodyguard Joe G.M. Chan as Cosmo – Rahad’s Boy Goliath as Tyrone Israel Juarbe as Maurice’s Brother George Anthony Rae as Maurice’s Brother Eric Winzenried as Doctor Sharon Ferrol-Young as Hot Traxx Dancer Anne Fletcher as Hot Traxx Dancer Scott Fowler as Hot Traxx Dancer Melanie A. Gage as Hot Traxx Dancer Eddie Garcia as Hot Traxx Dancer Sebastian La Cause as Hot Traxx Dancer Lance MacDonald as Hot Traxx Dancer Diane Mizota as Hot Traxx Dancer Nathan Prevost as Hot Traxx Dancer Lisa Ratzin as Hot Traxx Dancer Dee Dee Weathers as Hot Traxx Dancer Darrel W. Wright as Hot Traxx Dancer Greg Bronson as Clubgoer Grace Bustos as Underwater Swimming Girl at Party Jorga Caye as Patron Tyrone D. Dixon as Actor in ‘Angels Live in My Town’ Theo Mayes as Dirk Diggler’s Hairstylist Coleman McClary as Jack’s Pool Party Guest Jami Philbrick as Dancer Misty Tamburelli as Girl in Red Dress Sean Welch as Party Man Don CheadleDramaJack RileyKai LennoxLaurel HollomanLuis GuzmanMelora WaltersMichael JaceMichael SteinMike GuntherPaul Thomas AndersonPhilip Baker HallPhilip Seymour HoffmanWilliam H. 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