In the age of HBO's "The Deuce," " Boogie Nights " looks like a time-honored masterpiece, but when the sprawling period epic about the golden age of porn filmmaking opened 20 years ago this week on October 10, , moviegoers didn't exactly embrace it. The subject matter was still too skeevy to draw mainstream or even art-house audiences, yet not nearly explicit enough to draw the trench coat crowd. Nonetheless, it earned three Oscar nominations, made a serious leading man out of Mark Wahlberg , gave Burt Reynolds his best role of the last 35 years, put Anderson on the map, and gave early career boosts to Philip Seymour Hoffman , John C. Reilly , Don Cheadle , and Thomas Jane. These days, "Boogie Nights" evokes double nostalgia, both for the disco s, lovingly recreated in the movie's costumes and soundtrack, and for the s, when Hollywood studios still nurtured indie directors and let them realize their visions instead of plucking them fresh from Sundance and assigning them to direct CGI blockbuster franchise sequels. Here are some of the things that, uh, went down.
21 Things You Never Knew About 'Boogie Nights'
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Boogie Nights takes place in the world of adult entertainment, so which industry performers appear alongside the main cast? Most of the characters are portrayed by mainstream celebrities; however, several real-life adult film stars make cameos in small roles. The filmmaker made a short film called The Dirk Diggler Story , which is based on real-life adult film actor John Holmes, whose life is chronicled in the documentary Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story. Nearly a decade later, Paul Thomas Anderson increased his net worth and began production on Boogie Nights after releasing his feature directorial debut, Hard Eight.
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Anderson, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the seventies, was fascinated by the other films being made in Southern California at the time. After a frustrating experience on his first film, PTA was determined not to repeat history with his second film. That film was Boogie Nights.
Love it or hate it, "Boogie Nights" is one of the most unforgettable films of the late 20th century. The cast is full of silver screen giants early in their careers, from Philip Seymour Hoffman to John C. Reilly to Heather Graham to, of course, Mark Wahlberg. The director, a year-old wunderkind named Paul Thomas Anderson whose life had seemingly led to this film, has gone on to notch 8 Oscar nods and countless other nominations and wins, landing him on Esquire's list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Yet not only is "Boogie Nights" legendary for what its cast and crew would go on to do, but the movie itself is a dizzying feat in storytelling.