“Boogie Nights”, starring Burt Reynolds, Mark Walhberg, Julianne Moore, and Heather Graham, is a 1997 movie set in the 1970′s golden age of porn.

As  shown in the film, before the days of VHS tapes, porn was less accessible and, thus, more valuable.

Movie Poster for Boogie Nights starring Mark Walhberg and Heather Graham

Movie Poster for Boogie Nights starring Mark Walhberg and Heather Graham

The movie chronicles the rise and fall of Mark Walhberg’s character “Dirk Diggler” and Heather Graham’s character “Roller Girl”.

The movie “Boogie Nights” is not for everyone.  It certainly earns its R rating.

But there is something oddly intriguing about the movie.  Of course, there’s the sex.  But, also, the movie “Boogie Nights” is a series of interesting character studies.

I remember a particular scene that takes place later in the movie:  Two former porn stars are attempting to get a loan to start a different type of business.  The loan officer never gets past their previous occupation.

The screenplay for Boogie Nights was written by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also wrote the screenplays for “Punch Drunk Love” (on my list of Top 101 Movies) and “There Will Be Blood.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, William Macy, Don Cheadle, and John C. Reilly also play parts in the movie.

The movie “Boogie Nights” was nominated for three Academy Awards.  However, it did not win any Oscars.

Mark Wahlberg and Heather Graham in Boogie Nights

Mark Wahlberg and Heather Graham in Boogie Nights

The opening scene of “Boogie Nights” is often mentioned because it lasts for approximately three minutes without any cuts. 

The same notoriety is achieved by ”The Player” (also on my list of 101 Favorite Movies), which has an opening scene with no cuts of 7 minutes and 47 seconds.

“Boogie Nights” is about people who can’t get out of the way of their own problems. Like all of us, they dream of something better.

But, their dreams fade in comparison to the day to day drudgery of living.

The movie is less about porn, and, more about what we humans, at our worst, can do to ourselves.

 

 

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