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Boogie Nights (1997)

Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Boogie Nights
RUNNING TIME
156 minutes
Producer:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Lloyd Levin
John S. Lyons
Joanne Sellar
Screenwriter:
Paul Thomas Anderson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler Mark Wahlberg
Jack Horner Burt Reynolds
Reed Rothchild John C. Reilly
Amber Waves/Maggie Julianne Moore
Brandy 'Rollergirl' Heather Graham
Buck Swoope Don Cheadle
Scotty J. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Little Bill William H. Macy
Todd Parker Thomas Jane
Rahad Jackson Alfred Molina
Floyd Gondoli Philip Baker Hall
Colonel James Robert Ridgely

 

Review

From the showy but effective continuous shots, via the attention to details from the times in question, and to the sometimes (over)elaborate scenes of tarantinoesque quality, what is beyond all doubt is Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable ambition in bringing his story about the golden age of adult cinema and his very well-endowed John Holmes imitation to life. Anderson's large array of characters and subplots here require vision and a steady hand, and he demonstrates that he has just that in abundance. The director also does very well in balancing and getting top-notch performances from his highly talented acting ensemble consisting of everything from old semi-washed up stars to up-and-coming ex-juvenile deliquents. It's a diversified bunch, which actually is much of the appeal, along of course with the probing and always unprejudiced look at a business and a sub-culture that up until this had not been seriously portrayed in the movies. In Boogie Nights, Anderson was young, bold and not afraid to go up unexplored alleys, and the freshness and wittiness he did it with rubbed-off on his actors, who all seem to believe that they are in on something new and a little bit special. That even makes pissing off Burt Reynolds worthwhile. And wouldn't you believe he finally got his Academy Award nomination for his suffering.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 18.9.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review:
Copyright 16.6.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(Previously unpublished review written in 1998)

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