Trivia / Boogie Nights

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Several Real Life porn performers had cameos. Nina Hartley appeared in several scenes as Little Bill's faithless wife. Veronica Hart is the judge at Amber Waves' custody hearing. More recent porn star Lil' Cinderella (credited as Amber Hunter) plays the Colonel's 'lady friend' who OD's at Jack's party, and Lexi Leigh plays one of Floyd's amateur porn stars. Summer Cummings and Skye Blue share a Jacuzzi.
    • In a non-porn related example, Reed Rothchild shows off his magic skills to Kurt, who seems less than impressed. Kurt is played by Ricky Jay, a professional magician.
  • All-Star Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Banned in China: The movie was banned in South Korea until 1999.
  • Cast the Expert: Little Bill's promiscuous wife is played by real-life porn star Nina Hartley.
  • Deleted Scene: Some smaller sub-plots, NOT included in the DVD were filmed for the movie, but didn't make it to the final version, or DVD deleted scenes. They are:
    • A small sub-plot in which Maurice bugs Rollergirl throughout the film for nude pictures of her. He sends the pictures back to his brothers in Puerto Rico. This ties in with the deleted scene between him and Rollergirl.
    • A scene in which Rahad runs back to the house after chasing Dirk and Reed with the gun. Cosmo has been shot, and is dead. Helicopters circle, and he is actually happy he gets to use his firepower. He exchanges shots with cops, and ultimately dies in the confrontation.
    • Becky Barnett's husband abuses her shortly after they are married, and she calls Dirk over to help her. He wrecks his car in the way, which explains the damage to his car seen in the movie.
  • Hey, It's That Song!: "You got the touch... you got the POWERRRRRR...."
  • Old Shame: Believe it or not, Burt Reynolds views the film as this. After seeing a rough cut of the film, Reynolds fired his agent for recommending it and refused to ever work with Paul Thomas Anderson again.
  • Reality Subtext: After filming the devastating scene between Eddie Adams and his angry mother, Joanna Gleason was talking to Paul Thomas Anderson and asked him if the material reflected the relationship between Anderson and his own mother. Anderson became very quiet and did not answer the question. Gleason then put her hand on his shoulder and said "You don't have to forgive her."
  • Technology Marches On: invoked, in-universe. Horner has a distaste for using videotape to film. He dislikes that video limits the quality of the image, as well as the fact that it opens the market up to any amateur that can stick a cassette in a camera, cheapening the whole industry.
  • Throw It In: The Angrish example mentioned on the main page was a typo by Anderson that he decided to leave.
    • Also the joke at the end of the film with the misspelling of "Rodriguez" on the sign, was a result of PT Anderson's typo which rendered it "Rodriquez".
  • What Could Have Been: Leonardo DiCaprio, Vincent Gallo, Joaquin Phoenix, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and Ethan Hawke were originally offered the part of Dirk Diggler.

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