R | | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Instead of following the template of having the characters change and be different people at the end of the film, Paul Thomas Anderson decided against it. "That doesn't really happen here," he told Indiewire in 1997. "Everybody is the same. Maybe if there's a change, ... ...
The story sucks them in.
During the pool party scene, the underwater swimming girl gets up. The camera pans as she passes, and the dark reflection of the cameraman holding the underwater camera is visible in the sliding glass door.
Towards the end of the credits, Mark Wahlberg's character speaks.
$4,681,934 (USA) (2 November 1997)