R | | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Paul Thomas Anderson used Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981), a documentary about John Holmes, as a reference for some of the scenes in this film. Many interview scenes, including one where a strung-out Dirk tells the interviewer about how Jack allows him to block and edit his own sex scenes, are identical to the interviews in "Exhausted", especially one where a strung-out John Holmes, for no clear reason, lies about how director Bob Chinn allows him to block his own sex scenes.
He's my 17-year-old piece of gold.
The 1977 Corvette is described as being a car with a 350 cubic inch engine producing 325 hp, a 4.10:1 rear end gearing, having a 4 speed manual and an aftermarket intake manifold. This is not true. As this is a California car, it had the de-tuned L82 California emissions engine. This engine produced a mere 165 hp and is actually the least powerful factory V8 engine put in a Corvette. Even with a good aftermarket intake, this thing would not be close to 325 hp. It would need new cylinder heads, a new camshaft and a new carburetor to make even close to 325 hp.
The title is shown on a movie theater marquee in the opening shot.
Some smaller sub-plots, NOT included in the DVD were filmed for the movie, but didn't make it to the final version, or DVD deleted scenes. They are: A small sub-plot in which Luis Guzman's character (maurice) bugs Rollergirl throughout the film for nude pictures of her. He sends the pictures back to his brothers in Puerto Rico. This ties in with the deleted scene between him and Rollergirl. A scene in which Alfred Molina's character (Rahad) runs back to the house after chasing Dirk and Reed with the gun. Cosmo has been shot, and is dead. Helicopters circle, and he is actually happy he gets to use his firepower. He exchanges shots with cops, and ultimately dies in the confrontation. Becky Barnett's husband abuses her shortly after they are married, and she calls Dirk over to help her. He wrecks his car in the way, which explains the damage to his car seen in the movie.
$50,168 12 October 1997