Boogie Nights (1997)



Critic Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.

Movie Info

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and welcomes him into the extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on that are always around. Adams' rise from nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer is meteoric, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, "Dirk … More

Rating: R (For strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson, Joanne Sellar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 1998
New Line Cinema


as Eddie Adams/Dirk Dig...

as Jack Horner

as Amber Waves

as Reed Rothchild

as Buck Swope

as Rollergirl

as Maurice T. Rodriguez

as Little Bill

as Rahad Jackson

as Floyd Gondolli

as The Colonel

as Jessie St. Vincent

as Little Bill's Wife

as Todd Parker

as Kurt Longjohn

as Jerry, Buck's Manage...

as Mr. Brown

as Dirk's Mother

as Sheryl Lynn

as Bank Worker

as Johnny, the Colonel'...

as Hot Traxx Chef

as Big Stud

as Sheryl Lynn's Husban...

as Hot Traxx Waiter

as Puerto Rican Kid

as Rahad's Asian Kid, C...

as Donut Boy

as Watcher No. 2

as Thomas, Amber's Husb...

as Watcher No. 1

as Burt, Recording Stud...

as Colonel's Girlfriend...

as Tyrone

as Man with Gun

as Angie, Floyd's Kid

as Mugsy Jack's Bartend...

as Surfer Punk No. 2

as Dirk's Father

as Colonel's O.D. Lady ...

as Jail Guard

as Rahad's Bodyguard

as Maurice's Brother No...

as Hot Traxx Patron

as Young Stud

as Police Officer

as Tailor

as Amateur Actress, Fl...

as Tommy, Floyd's Kid

as High School/College ...

as Nick, Recording Stud...

as Johnny Doe

as Maurice's Brother No...

as KC Sunshine

as Lawyer

as Surfer

as Jacuzzi Girl No. 1

as Pete, Floyd's Kid

as Surfer Punk No. 1

as Becky's Friend in Ho...

as Super-Duper Stereo C...

as Surfer Punk No. 3

as Jacuzzi Girl No. 2

as New Year's Eve Young...

as Pedestrian

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

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as Hot Traxx Dancer

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as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Hot Traxx Dancer

as Awards Ceremony Band...

as Awards Ceremony Band...

as Awards Ceremony Band...

as Awards Ceremony Band...

as Becky Barnett

as Hot Traxx Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Boogie Nights

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (12)

Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Considering the potentially explosive nature of the yarn, set in the porn world, Anderson's strategy is remarkably nonjudgmental and nonsensationalistic, largely due to his love and respect for all the characters and his impressive storytelling skills.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Top Critic

In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With Boogie Nights we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Boogie Nights


A well-done "Goodfellas"-esque take on the porn industry during its heyday and a naive young man (Mark Wahlberg) with a special "talent" who goes from waiter to adult film star after being plucked by a wealthy titan (Burt Reynolds) of the business. Not only is this movie a serious, saddening take on those involved in the industry who wreck their lives seemingly without trying, it is also a successful satire whose dark sense of humor is much needed to a film full of such despair, loneliness, and depravity. It does suffer from over-population from a character standpoint (especially William H. Macy in a thankless, pointless role that does not utilize his talents properly), but its ability to possess a certain sweetness is a phenomenal feat for director Paul Thomas Anderson to pull off. It has style, laughs, a riveting lead performance from Wahlberg, some excellent supporting turns, memorable scenes (hello Alfred Molina cameo!), and an ending that doesn't leave you as depressed as many of its characters become. Not a film for everyone, certainly a graphic portrayal of a seedy business, but still a fascinating take on those involved in it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Although a lot of people rate this movie highly as one of a kind, to me it's just a usual movie with a different taste of promising story but turn out just okay.. IMHO, the second half of this movie is quite boring, especially because of slow pace they gave for this movie... The story itself actually pretty good, the rising and downfall of porn star Dirk Diggler, and who knows a lot of the characters in this movie became some big actors until now like Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, or even the unexpected Philip Seymour Hoffman..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


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