Theatrical release: October 10, 1997.
Filmed on location in the San Fernando Valley.
BOOGIE NIGHTS premiered at the Toronto Film Festival September 11, 1997.
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's original screenplay for BOOGIE NIGHTS was 300 pages long, with a running time of more than five hours.
BOOGIE NIGHTS originated from a short film Anderson made as a teenager entitled THE DIRK DIGGLER STORY.
The opening sequence of the film is a continuous three-minute shot that introduces most of the main characters.
Much of Dirk Diggler's (Mark Wahlberg) character was inspired by the real-life porn actor John Holmes, including the Brock Landers films, which were based on a Holmes character, Johnny Wadd.
Anderson's first choice for the part of Dirk Diggler was Leonardo DiCaprio, who opted to star in TITANIC instead.
Don Cheadle's character, Buck Swope, was inspired by the Robert Downey, Sr., film PUTNEY SWOPE.
A scene where Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) is seen wandering through a porn warehouse was shot in an actual porn warehouse, Gourmet Video in Van Nuys, California.
The scene in which Jack Horner and Rollergirl (Heather Graham) go out with a video camera in the back of a limo looking for men off the street is based on an actual porn movie entitled ON THE PROWL.
A number of real-life adult film stars appear in BOOGIE NIGHTS, including Nina Hartley, Tony Tedeschi, Lexi Leigh, and Veronica Hart.
In the studio scene where Dirk Diggler and Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly) attempt to record an album, the song they perform is "The Touch," which is an actual song from THE TRANSFORMERS animated movie.
In the climactic scene with the firecrackers, actor Alfred Molina does not respond to the sound of the explosions because he had an earpiece feeding music directly into his ear. The reactions of the other actors are genuine.
Paul Thomas Anderson's father was Ernie Anderson, known as Ghoulardi, host of a Cleveland horror-movie program.