Video Release: September 6, 2011
Studio: Alliance Films
Director Paul Thomas Anderson's second film is a sprawling, polyphonous drama set in the seedy greater L.A. porn scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A sprawling, polyphonous drama set in the seedy greater L.A. porn scene, circa 1977, and told through the eyes of various members of would-be adult auteur Jack Horner's close-knit players' stable. While generously endowed dishwasher Eddie Adams hits it big, grande dame Amber Waves pines for her lost son, a teenage runaway refuses to take off her signature roller skates, would-be stereo salesman Buck Swope struggles with his wardrobe, and a cuckolded producer barges in on the dalliances of his sex-addicted wife (porn goddess Nina Hartley). Meanwhile, the industry paradigm shifts from ambitious theater fare to cheaper, cookie-cutter video productions. Loaded with Altmanesque supporting roles, including appearances by porn stalwarts Skye Blue and Veronica Hart and starlet Lexi Leigh. Reynolds garnered a Golden Globe award as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Horner. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Supporting Actor--Burt Reynolds, Best Supporting Actress--Julianne Moore, and Best Original Screenplay.
Theatrical release: October 10, 1997. Filmed on location in the San Fernando Valley. BOOGIE NIGHTS premiered at the Toronto Film Festival September 11, 1997. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's original screenplay for BOOGIE NIGHTS was 300 pages long, with a running time of over five hours. BOOGIE NIGHTS originated from a short film Anderson made as a teenager entitled THE DIRK DIGGLER STORY. The opening sequence of the film is a continuous three-minute shot that introduces most of the main characters. Much of Dirk Diggler's character was inspired by the real-life porn actor John Holmes, including the "Brock Landers" films which were based on a Holmes character, "Johnny Wadd." Anderson's first choice for the part of Dirk Diggler was Leonardo DiCaprio, who opted to star in TITANIC instead. Don Cheadle's character, Buck Swope, was inspired by the Robert Downey, Sr. film PUTNEY SWOPE. A scene where Burt Reynolds is seen wandering through a porn warehouse was shot in an actual porn warehouse, Gourmet Video in Van Nuys, California. The scene in which Jack Horner and Rollergirl go out with a video camera in the back of a limo looking for men off the street is based on an actual porn movie entitled ON THE PROWL. A number of real-life adult film stars appear in BOOGIE NIGHTS, including Nina Hartley, Tony Tedeschi, Lexi Leigh, and Veronica Hart. In the climactic scene with the firecrackers, actor Alfred Molina does not respond to the sound of the explosions because he had an earpiece feeding music directly into his ear. The reactions of the other actors are genuine.