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The Boost (1988)

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Ben Stein (book) (as Benjamin Stein), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Lenny Brown
Sean Young ... Linda Brown
John Kapelos ... Joel Miller
Steven Hill ... Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr Kelle Kerr ... Rochelle
John Rothman ... Ned
Amanda Blake ... Barbara
Grace Zabriskie ... Sheryl
Marc Poppel ... Mark
Fred McCarren ... Tom
Suzanne Kent ... Helen
Libby Boone Libby Boone ... Delores
Greg Deason Greg Deason ... Michael
David Preston ... Surfer
June Chandler June Chandler ... Secretary
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Storyline

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Imagine having all the power, passion and pleasure money can buy. Now imagine losing them. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Preis des Erfolges See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$784,990
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first shot of the movie was actually the last one filmed; it is also the only shot actually filmed in New York City. The rest of the movie's NYC scenes were filmed in Los Angeles because the crew was on such a tight budget. See more »

Goofs

When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: [responding to Mark's job offer] Mark, I don't sell drugs. I'm in real estate.
Mark: I don't sell drugs, either. I'm a screenwriter. But until the ship comes in, you gotta cover the waterfront.
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unintentionally funny
11 January 2003 | by dunce100See all my reviews

The boost is a DRAMA, but I consider it to be one of the funniest movies ever. Unfortunately it wasn't intended as a comedy. James Wood acts like an ass throughout the movie, giving new meaning to the term overacting. Overacting may not be the best way of describing his performance, but its just so bizarre. The Boost is kind of like an eighties version of reefer madnes, except for cocaine. Just a funny and weird movie.


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