Boogie Nights

Question: Why didn't Little Bill just dump his wife? Throw her out? Why kill her instead?

Rob245

Answer: His wife's constant infidelity finally reached its tipping point for him, so in what was likely a moment of temporary insanity, he decided to punish her and her lover by shooting them. His subsequent suicide could just as well be from the sudden realization of what he just did.

Phaneron Premium member
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Question: When he starts his first film, Dirk is presumably 17. Isn't it illegal for anyone under 18 to be in a porn film?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: It is illegal, but that doesn't mean that it's not possible for him to get away with it. Tracy Lords was under 18 when she first started making porn.

Jane Doe
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Question: Why was Little Bill so casual about seeing his wife cheat on him? I know he was furious, but he was still unusually calm, he just acted like he caught her holding hands with someone else, not like she was having sex with someone else. And why was his wife so casual about it too? She acted like she did nothing wrong.

MikeH

Chosen answer: SPOILER ALERT: It was the 1970's. Loose morals. The era of free love. Little Bill and his wife were active in the porn industry. It's likely that his wife presumed, but never discussed with her husband, an "open relationship." Bill, stunned by his discovery (but, perhaps, suspecting it all along), was simply trying to maintain his composure and not seem pathetically unhip by what would be perceived as an absurd overreaction. Clearly, however, he was suppressing a great deal of internalized rage. Ultimately, but very calmly as always, he eventually shoots and kills his wife and her gentleman caller mid-coitus, and then eats his own gun, at Jack's New Year's Eve Party, 1980.

Michael Albert
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Question: I'm looking for the name of an actor - near the end of the film his character brings Dirk and Dirk's friend to the house of a drug dealer who he tries to rob and gets killed in the process.

Answer: If you mean "Todd Parker", it's Thomas Jane (The Punisher). If it's "Reed Rothchild", John C. Reilly (Chicago).

It's Todd - Reed gets away with his life and later on is in some racy magic act.

Question: The paper bag full of cash from the failed doughnut shop heist - Buck takes it and it's implied he funds his stereo business with it, but would that bag really hold enough cash for what he had planned, even considering money went further back then?

Answer: No - it is implied he put the money into his bank account, qualifying him for a loan. In the time the film is set, that is certainly possible.

Yeah but wasn't he denied a business loan earlier in the film?

Continuity mistake: At Rahad's house, Todd puts a gun in his belt. It is not visible as he walks up the steps to the house, is visible as they go to greet Rahad and then it is not visible for the rest of the scene until Todd pulls it out to shoot Rahad. (02:08:20)

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Floyd Gondolli: I like butter in my ass, and lollipops in my mouth, but that's just me.

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Trivia: Loosely based on the events of porn legend John Holmes' (died from AIDS-related liver failure in 1988) life.

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