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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Julianne Moore
William H Macy
Mark Wahlberg
Burt Reynolds
Don Cheadle
Heather Graham
Directors
Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriters
Paul Thomas Anderson
Running Time
156 minutes

Boogie Nights
Paul Thomas Anderson's glittering lament for '70s porn industry.


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Plot
The rise and fall of porn-star Dirk Diggler, his sizeable schlong and the '70s sex industry itself.


Verdict
Its world lovingly captured with snaking camera angles that hit every time (panning jerkily around a disco, spying furtively through the viewfinder of a porn cinematographer, split screens etc.) Boogie Nights is loaded with lascivious colour, poisoned with lacerating traumas and pumped full of wit. Better than sex. Very nearly.


Reviewed by Christopher Hemblade

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