"Boogie Nights" dove straight into the seedy underbelly of the porn world, putting the struggles and addictions of the industry's stars straight into the harsh glow of the spotlight. Set in the late '70s and filmed in 1997, this flick focused on the rapid rise and brutal fall of porn legend Dirk Diggler, who transformed from eager young nobody to superstar before he flamed out, thanks to an excess of fame, fun and illicit substances. Take our quiz to test your "Boogie Nights" knowledge!
Who starred as Eddie Adams in the film?
Mark Wahlberg played young Eddie Adams. The polite young man starts off as a wide-eyed innocent before becoming one of the biggest porn stars on the planet, as he transforms into Dirk Diggler.
Burt Reynolds stars as adult filmmaker Jack Horner. He is the one who discovers Eddie and acts as a father figure of sorts to him as he becomes Dirk Diggler. Jack manages to surround himself with sex, but he seems to view the act from afar -- keeping himself separate from the chaos and drama.
What bad habit does Little Bill Thompson's wife have?
sex with other men
Little Bill repeatedly finds his wife doing the deed with other men -- often in front of an audience. She usually dismisses her husband during these trysts, warning him that he is embarrassing her. William H. Macy plays Little Bill in the film.
Dirk's mom is an abusive alcoholic who calls him a loser and criticizes him at every turn. It's a fight with his mom that finally drives him out of the family home and into the home of porn maker Jack Horner.
Who is the first woman Dirk sleeps with on camera?
A very gentle Amber Waves guides Dirk through his first onscreen sex scene. In the scene, Dirk plays an actor named John who is auditioning for a part in an adult film -- not a big stretch by any means.
What is the name of the character played by Don Cheadle?
Cheadle had a breakout role playing Buck Swope, a country-music-loving porn star who dresses in classic Western wear. Samuel L. Jackson was offered the part first, but turned it down, leaving it free for Cheadle.
Where does the Colonel first ask to see Dirk's most famous asset?
in the car
at the pool
The Colonel finances all of Jack's films, making him an important part of the business. When introduced to his newest star at the pool, he politely asks to see the appendage that makes Dirk so famous -- and seems impressed by the view.
Amber Waves, real name Maggie, lost her son to her neglect and cocaine addition. She introduces Dirk to the drug, and the porn star does his first line of cocaine on New Year's Eve under Amber's direction.
A combination of a swollen ego and a terrible cocaine addiction leaves Dirk paranoid and unable to perform. To keep the business afloat, Jack brings in newcomer Johnny Doe -- much to the anger of Dirk.
What industry do Dirk and Reed go into after splitting with Jack?
Dirk and Reed are convinced they are going to be mainstream stars after splitting with Jack. They head to the studio to record a demo, but can't pay to release the tapes -- which stalls their music career in its tracks.
The cops show up at the Colonel's home after a woman overdoses on his property. While they are there, they uncover a treasure trove of child porn, landing the Colonel in the slammer and putting an end to his business relationship with Jack.
What change does Floyd Gondolli want to make to Jack's business?
switch to videotape
Floyd Gondolli joins forces with Jack after the Colonel is out of the picture and Jack is forced to find new financing. Under Gondolli's direction, Jack switches from film to videotapes because they are cheaper. Jack is frustrated with the move, because he feels it takes the art out of his work.
By the '80s, Jack is looking for new film ideas. He takes Rollergirl on a limo ride so she can pick up strangers to sleep with on camera. Unfortunately, she runs into a guy she used to know, who makes her feel bad about her place in life.
Buck witnesses a robbery at a donut shop while picking up a treat for his pregnant wife. Both the robber and the clerk are killed in a shootout, leaving a bag full of money on the floor. Buck grabs the money and heads for the door, using his windfall to start the business he always dreamed about.
How much do Dirk and his friends make by selling a half-kilo of "cocaine" to Rahad Jackson?
Desperate for money, Dirk, Reed and their buddy Todd pack baking soda into a bag and sell it for $5,000 to crazed drug dealer Rahad Jackson. Things end badly at Jackson's house, with Todd getting killed in a shootout.
Which actor did the director originally want to play Eddie?
Director Paul Thomas Anderson wanted Leonardo DiCaprio for the part of Eddie, but DiCaprio turned it down to star in "Titanic." He recommended that Anderson check out his friend Mark Wahlberg, who he just starred with in "The Basketball Diaries." DiCaprio later called turning down "Boogie Nights" his biggest regret.
True or false: The film was inspired by the rise and fall of John Holmes.
While he was still in high school, director Paul Thomas Anderson made a short mockumentary about porn legend John Holmes, which he called "The Dirk Diggler Story." He later used this short film as inspiration for the box office hit "Boogie Nights."