R | | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
While Paul Thomas Anderson intended to cast Melora Walters as Jessie St. Vincent, the studio wanted a bigger name for the part. He offered the role to Patricia Arquette, knowing she would decline, and the role ultimately went to Walters.
Dirk: I can't! I can't get it hard, right? I can't. I'm sorry!
Joe: You just shouldn't do this sort of thing, you faggot!
Before entering Rahad's house, Todd places a large handgun in his front waistband. It is clearly visible later as he first approaches Rahad to give him a hug. The gun disappears until he finally brandishes it.
The title is shown on a movie theater marquee in the opening shot.
$4,681,934 (USA) (2 November 1997)
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