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Boogie Nights (1997)


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Boogie Nights (1997)

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's fact-based period film, with the recreated look of the LA adult film-porn industry in the San Fernando Valley in the late 70s and early 80s - it was about the empty search for fame, wealth, and hard-core sex; this was an acclaimed film with three Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Original Screenplay); the ensemble film told about the lives of a number of misfits - mostly damaged and lost individuals, including a well-endowed superstud:

  • set in 1977 in LA's San Fernando Valley, the film opened with a virtuoso, lengthy tracking shot that entered into and continued to move through the interior of a Reseda, CA Hot Traxx nightclub managed by Maurice Rodriguez (Luis Guzmán), in order to introduce all of the film's main characters, including many who worked in the LA porn industry
  • LA "exotic pictures" porn filmmaker Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) was greeted and ushered into the club - he entered with his part-time girlfriend and maternalistic, red-headed, cocaine-abusing porn queen star Amber Waves (Julianne Moore)

Maurice Rodriguez (Luis Guzmán) In Front of His Hot Traxx Nightclub

Maurice Ushering in Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds)

The Camera's Uninterrupted Tracking of the Guests
Opening Scene - Steadicam Tracking Shot: Entering the Hot Traxx Nightclub
  • Jack approached the nightclub's 17 year-old kitchen busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) in the kitchen; Jack was interested in considering Eddie as a new prospect, but Eddie misinterpreted his interest and suggested: "So, you want five or ten?...If you just wanna see me jack off, it's ten. But if you just wanna look at it, it's only five"; they formally introduced themselves, and then Jack hinted: "I got a feeling beneath those jeans, there's somethin' wonderful just waitin' to get out"
  • after returning home, Horner's assistant producer Bill "Little Bill" Thompson (William H. Macy) found his unfaithful, nymphomaniacal porn star wife (real adult star Nina Hartley) having sex with a strange man in their bedroom; he angrily approached: "That's my wife, you asshole"; Bill's wife ordered: "Get out. Go sleep on the couch. Don't stop, big stud"
  • after work, Eddie arrived at his parents' home in Torrance, CA to perform Bruce Lee-styled karate moves in front of a mirror, as he egotistically ogled his own muscular body and sizeable, well-endowed bulge under his briefs; during breakfast the next morning, Eddie was assailed by his emotionally-abusive father and mother for his directionless life and for being a high-school dropout who worked at a car wash during the day and a faraway nightclub at night
Eddie Bragging to His Girlfriend Sheryl Lynn About His "One Special Thing"
  • while Eddie was having sex with his eager girlfriend Sheryl Lynn (Laurel Holloman), she complimented him on his sexual prowess and was impressed by his prominent endowment: "Your cock is so beautiful!"; he responded by stating his ultimate objective in life: "Everyone has one thing, you think? I mean, everyone's given one special thing, right?... Everyone's blessed with one special thing. Hey, I want you to know I plan on being a star. A big, bright shining star. That's what I want. That's what I'm gonna get"
  • back in the nightclub, LA filmmaker Jack Horner, who had expressed an earlier interest in Eddie's reputation, whispered a suggestion to one of his porn actresses - teenaged starlet Brandy (aka Rollergirl because she always wore roller-skates) (Heather Graham) - a HS dropout who was resuming her high school studies; as part of Eddie's audition for adult films, she took Eddie into the back stockroom where she performed oral sex on him
  • after work as Eddie walked home, Jack drove by and invited Eddie to join him with Rollergirl and his star-girlfriend Amber Waves for a stop at a late-night diner; his intention was to groom and promote Eddie as his next potential superstud porn star
  • at a table, Horner described the costs and benefits of adult film-making: "So what I'm tryin' to tell ya, Eddie, is that it takes a lot of the good old American green stuff to make one of these things, you know what I mean. I mean, you know, you've got your camera, you got your film, you got your lights, you got your sound, you got your lab costs, you got the developing, you got your synching, you got your editing. Before you turn around, you spent maybe $20,000, $25,000, $30,000 dollars on a movie....But if you make a good one, there's practically no end to how much money you can make"
  • Horner continued to promote the porn film industry to Eddie, promising him that he could be a super-star; he stressed how important it was for his male star to be virile on the set: "...if you don't have those juices flowin' down there in the Mr. Torpedo area, in the fun zone. But you got to get the people in the theater. You know, you need the big dicks, the big tits..." - and then in another breath, he described how he wanted to make a quality porn film: "How do you keep them in the theater after they've come? With beauty and with acting. Now I understand you've got to get 'em in the theater. You know, you gotta keep the seats full, but I don't want to make a film where they show up, they sit down, they jack off and they get up and they get out before the story ends. It is my dream, it is my goal, it is my idea to make a film that the story just sucks 'em in, and when they spurt out that joy juice, they just got to sit in it. They can't move until they find out how the story ends. You know, I wanna make a film like's my dream to make a film that is true and right and dramatic"
  • later that night in his San Fernando home, Horner proposed hiring Eddie due to his good looks, charming charisma, and genital size: "I'm thinking I want to be in business with you, Eddie"; to sweeten the deal, Horner suggested that Rollergirl have sex on the couch with Eddie (although she had already just performed oral sex on Eddie in the nightclub's stock-room): "I want you to go over there and sit on the couch with Eddie"; she removed everything but her roller skates before jumping on top of Eddie: (Rollergirl: "Are you ready?...Oh yeah...I don't take my skates off - and don't f--king come in me"); from the sidelines during Eddie's audition, Horner added nonchalantly: "Aim it at her tits, Eddie"
Sex on the Couch with Rollergirl (Heather Graham)
  • in the early morning after Eddie returned home, his awaiting mother (Joanna Gleason) again berated him for his wasted, loser-life while destroying some of his wall posters and decorations; before leaving for good, he angrily promised her that he would make something of himself: "You don't know what I can do, what I'm gonna do, or what I'm gonna be! I'm good! I have good things and you don't know about! I'm gonna be something! I am! And don't f--king tell me I'm not!"

Porn Actor Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly)

Pedophilic Porn Financier Colonel James (Robert Ridgely)

Scotty J. (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
  • Eddie fled to Jack Horner's home - where he would take up permanent residence - where a pool party was in progress; attendees included over-confident and boastful porn actor Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), pedophile porn financier Colonel James (Robert Ridgely) with an underage teen, and black porn actor Buck Swope (Don Cheadle); while they sat at a poolside table, Buck's girlfriend Becky Barnett (Nicole Ari Parker) insultingly advised him to change his cowboy-style: "YOU HAVE TO GET A NEW LOOK!", but she was happy with her own look: "Chocolate Love - 100 %"
  • during the pool party, Horner's assistant producer Bill "Little Bill" Thompson again found his wife having sex with a muscle-bound stud in the home's driveway while surrounded by a crowd of stunned onlookers; she scolded her husband: 'Shut up, Bill. You're embarrassing me"; the perturbed "Little Bill" jealously stomped off and complained to fellow cinematographer Kurt Longjohn (Ricky Jay): "My f--kin' wife, man, she's down there, some idiot's dick in her, everybody's standin' around watchin - it's a f--kin' embarassment....My f--king wife has an ass in her c--k in the driveway, Kurt! All right?! I'm sorry if my thoughts are not on the photography of the film we're shooting tomorrow, OK?"; however, Kurt was more interested in discussing photographic elements for the next day's shoot
  • shortly later, the Colonel's young female companion snorted coke, overdosed, and was found on a bedroom floor bleeding from her nose, and she was whisked away in the Colonel's limo by his chauffeur to an emergency room; one of the other porn film crew members, gay boom operator Scotty J. (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), took one look at Eddie and became infatuated; Eddie was also introduced to the film financier Colonel, who suggested Eddie think up a stage-name "with a little pizzazz," and predicted that Eddie would be a huge success as a porn star: ("I'm looking forward to seeing you in action. Jack says you've got a great big cock...May I see it...please?"); his expectations were confirmed when Eddie lowered his shorts for him
  • later that evening in the hot tub, it was proposed that Eddie select a new moniker for himself; he described his thoughts: "I just want a name, I want it so it could cut glass, y'know, like razor sharp....Well, when I close my eyes, I see this thing. It's this big sign. And the name is in like bright blue neon lights with like purple outline. And this name is just so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so just. powerful. It says: 'Dirk Diggler'"; Horner agreed that it was a perfect choice: "I think heaven has sent you here - Dirk Diggler. I think the angels have blessed us all because of you"
  • newbie porn star Eddie, now renamed Dirk Diggler, was hired by Horner; the nervous newcomer to the industry was preparing for the filming of his first hard-core film scene, opposite Amber Waves; in the scene, after a 3 year tour of duty with the Marines, a candidate named John was applying for a film acting job and was being interviewed; before the scene was shot, Dirk asked Amber about climaxing, and she advised: "You just come when you're ready....Come on my tits if you can, OK? Just pull it out and do it on my stomach and my tits if you can"; she assured him that he would do a good job; with the camera rolling, she requested to examine his goods: "Why don't you take your pants off? It's important I get an idea of your size"; after judging him, she immediately hired him: ("I think that you have the job, but why don't I make sure of something. (she inspected him) This is a giant c--k"; as the tawdry scene continued, they hungrily kissed and stripped down
Amber Waves with Dirk Diggler During a Film Shoot

Reassurances Before Filming

"This is a giant c--k"

Pause in Filming

On the Desk

Climax of the Film Shoot
  • suddenly, the film ran out on the magazine reel, and there was an awkward filming pause as a new film magazine needed to be loaded; as the filming resumed, they had begun to couple together on her desk, and she leaned back and told him that he was a "wonderful actor" and urged him to climax inside of her: "Come in me... Don't worry, I'm fixed. I want you to come in me'; after the action was "cut," Horner's reaction was a simple one word: "wonderful!"; however, "Little Bill" complained to director Horner that the crew missed the 'money shot': "We missed the cum shot. He came inside her. Maybe we could go to stock footage," while Dirk assured Jack: "I can do it again if you need a closeup"
  • soon, Eddie's fame and youthful, extraordinary looks brought him wealth and notoriety, allowing him great "suck-cess," a new wardrobe, and notoriety; however, Eddie was disillusioned by the violence inflicted on women on adult films, and proposed to Horner that he star in a series of adult action-flicks as a crime-fighting PI named "Brock Landers" - with Reed as his partner "Chest Rockwell"; the series made Horner's films even more popular, and Eddie/Dirk was praised with three awards at the 2nd Annual Adult Film Awards show in Las Vegas (Best Newcomer, Best C--k and Best Actor); he acquired many more possessions (some monogrammed) as well as a new 1977 bright orange 2-door Chevrolet Corvette
  • at Horner's New Years' Eve Party at the dawn of the year 1980, Floyd Gondolli (Philip Baker Hall) and the Colonel discussed the future of the porn industry with Jack, and suggested that the future of the stag and hard-core business was not with film, but in videotape production and distribution: ("Why not be prepared? The Colonel's got the money. You got the talent, Jack. I got the connections and the equipment and the mail order distribution, not to mention those kids out-there, who are hot-f--k-action to the max, Jack. This here's the future. Videotape tells the truth...Film is just too damn expensive and the theaters are already converting to video projectors"); however, Jack refused the offer and became argumentative about how he was a pure filmmaker and refused diminishing quality on video: "You come into my house, my party, to tell me about the future? That the future is tape, videotape, and not film? And it's amateurs and not professionals? I'm a filmmaker, that's why I will never make a movie on videotape"); Horner's statement was one that he would eventually disavow
  • at the party, Eddie was urged by the idolizing and drunk Scotty to take a look at his new car (a less expensive copy-cat version, an orange Datsun), and then impulsively grabbed and tried to kiss Eddie; upset by the unexpected advances, Eddie told Scotty he wasn't gay ("What is the matter with you?") and returned inside; Scotty sat in his car, repeatedly telling himself: "I'm a f--kin' idiot"
  • during the party at around the stroke of midnight, "Little Bill" Thompson was again humiliated when he discovered his unfaithful wife in a back bedroom having sex; he slowly walked to his parked car outside to get his gun to commit a double murder and suicide in the company of the other shocked guests
  • Dirk's success and massive ego, regarding himself as the king of porn, also led to his downfall: ("But I mean, God, what can you expect when you're on top, you know? It's like Napoleon when he was the king, you know, people were just constantly trying to conquer him, you know, in the Roman empire, so it's history repeating itself all over again"); and then on camera in a documentary produced by Amber Waves, he bragged about his exceptional endowment and criticized his many detractors: "I only am who I am because I was born that way. I have a gift, and I am trying to not be selfish about it but to use it, OK? And if you want to knock me for that, it's your own problem, OK? Jealousy will get you nowhere"
  • it was revealed in a powerful confession scene across a glass barrier at the jail with Horner, that the perverted Colonel, Horner's financier, was arrested and imprisoned for causing a lethal overdose in a young girl (and presumably cocaine possession and statuatory rape); in addition, after authorities searched his house, they found evidence of child pornography (and he admitted: "It's my f--kin' weakness"); as a result shortly later in the film, Horner was compelled to take Floyd Gondolli's deal to convert to videotape production
  • in late 1982, the strung-out Eddie/Dirk was introduced by Horner to his "new boy on the street" - a competitive and young rival successor named Johnny Doe (Jonathan Quint) who was being recruited just like Eddie had been years earlier; Eddie was immediately jealous and walked away; by early 1983, Dirk had resorted to dangerous drug-dealing and drug-use that was beginning to affect his impotence and ability to maintain an erection
  • while strung-out on the set and demanding to be filmed immediately because he had finally become aroused in front of a mirror, he had a vehement argument with Horner (and Johnny Doe) when he boasted that he was the top star, not Johnny Doe: "I'm ready to shoot... I'm ready now. It's gotta be now....I'm the biggest star here, man. That's the way it is. I wanna f--k. It's my big dick, so everybody get ready f--kin' now!...You're not my boss, you're not the king of me. I am the f--kin' king of Dirk. And you're nothing without me, Jack!" - and he was promptly fired
  • the untalented Eddie, as he became a cocaine-addict, turned to other business ventures such as the recording industry with his friend Reed, while Jack was shooting cheap videos with his new star Johnny Doe as Rock Harders; Rollergirl was planning to take the GED to complete high-school and was encouraged by Amber, whom she regarded as her "Mom"; Eddie and Reed conflicted with the recording studio recording boss Burt (Robert Downey Sr.) who refused to release their song demo tapes without payment - and called it a "Catch-22" situation; black porn actor Buck Swope (who worked days in a stereo store), with dreams of opening his own audio-stereo equipment store was refused a traditional bank loan: ("This financial institution cannot endorse pornography"), although he argued back: "Why are you doing this to me?...I am an actor. I am an actor"
  • in a secondary side-plot, in the fall of 1983, Amber - who was engaged in a contentious custody battle with her ex-husband Tom (John Doe) over their son Andrew, was judged as an unfit mother; her participation in the porn industry, her own cocaine addiction, and criminal record doomed her chances of winning her case; she broke down outside after being turned down
  • meanwhile in late 1983, Jack failed in an attempt to branch out with a new TV-reality porn show titled "On the Lookout" - he and Rollergirl rode in a limousine looking for male customers, ending up with a violent altercation on a street corner; intercut with the porn show was Dirk's attempt to earn money through gay hustling with a customer named Joe (Channon Roe), when he was beaten up by a gang of homophobic gay-bashers; at the same time, in the aftermath of a bloody donut shop robbery leaving three dead, Buck Swope fortuitously grabbed a bag of stolen cash and used it to open his own stereo store
  • one of the film's highlights was a nerve-wracking cocaine sale/rip-off in 1984 by Dirk with his two friends, exotic male dancer Todd Parker (Thomas Jane) and Reed Rothchild, as they were attempting to scam silver bath-robed, raving local drug tycoon Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina) at his estate, during the sale of a half-kilogram of baking soda disguised as cocaine for $5,000 grand; meanwhile, Rahad's young Asian servant boy Cosmo set off firecrackers in the background - all accompanied by Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" and Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" on the soundtrack; a determined Todd unwisely demanded that they see the contents (presumably cocaine and cash) of the floor safe in the master bedroom; there was an inevitable violent ending to the scene; Todd was shot in the shoulder by the bodyguard and returned fire, killing the bodyguard; shortly later, he was lethally shot in the chest by Rahad
  • in the unexpected, surprise conclusion, Dirk returned to Horner's place to humbly apologize ("I need help and I'm sorry") and was reconciled with Jack Horner; he was comforted by Amber who regarded him as her lost son ("It's OK, baby"); Dirk went back to work for Horner after earlier splitting from him following a violent argument over his rival "new boy" Johnny Doe
Dirk Diggler's Rehearsal, and Revelatory Claim to Fame - See Full Reveal in Sex in Films
  • in the film's final lines, Dirk practiced his lines before a mirror (a scene playing homage to Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980)) before resuming filming an adult film with Horner: "...I'm gonna help you settle this. First, we're gonna check the hole and see what we can find. Then, we're gonna get nice and wet, and you're gonna spread your legs. Oh, that's good. So you know me. You know my reputation. Thirteen inches of tough load, I don't treat you gently. That's right. I'm Brock Landers. So I'm gonna be nice. So I'm gonna be nice. So I'm gonna be nice, I'm gonna ask you one more time. Where the f--k is Ringo?" - then he stood up, unzipped his pants, and pulled out his endowed, 13 inch-long flaccid penis (his "special thing") (a prosthetic), and added: "I am a star. I'm a star, I'm a star, I'm a star. I am a big, bright, shining star"; then, he rezipped his pants and added: "That's right!"

Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds)

Kitchen Busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg)

Film Technician "Little Bill" Discovering His Wife Having Sex With Stranger in His Home

Eddie Ogling Himself in Mirror in His Bedroom

Rollergirl (Heather Graham) - Porn Starlet - In Stockroom of Nightclub Kitchen - Giving Oral Sex to Eddie

In a Late-Night Diner, Porn Producer to Eddie: "It takes a lot of the good old American green stuff to make one of these things"

Jack Horner with Porn Star Amber Waves (Julianne Moore)

Eddie with Rollergirl

Eddie's Rant to His Abusive Mother Before Leaving Home For Good

Pool Party Conflict:
"Little Bill's" Wife Having Sex in the Driveway During Pool Party

Cocaine-Overdosed Young Girl At Pool Party

In Hot Tub, Eddie Proposing New Name: "Dirk Diggler"

Dirk to Jack At End of First Film Shoot: "I can do it again if you need a closeup"

Adult Theatre Hits

Dirk Accepting Adult Film Award

Porn Action-Film Series

Floyd Gondolli (Philip Baker Hall) - Promoting Videotape in the Porn Film Industry in the 1980s

"Little Bill's" Double Murder After Finding His Wife Again Having Sex With Another Man

"Little Bill's" Suicide

Eddie's/Dirk's Growing Ego on Camera in a Documentary

The Colonel's Jail Confession to Horner

Strung-Out Drug-Using Eddie

Argument: Dirk Demanding to Be Filmed Before Being Fired

Amber in Custody Battle With Ex-Husband Over Her Son

TV-Show: "On the Lookout"

The Violent Cocaine Sale/Rip-Off Sequence

Reconciled with Jack and Comforted by Amber


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