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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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Taglines:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$784,990
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's title is a slang term for both cocaine abuse and shoplifting. 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: Selling's more important to me than money. Because every time I sell, it means somebody believes in me.
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Connections

References Svengali (1931) See more »

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A cautionary tale for people new in L.A.
8 September 2017 | by Nicholasmarks545See all my reviews

This movie The Boost is a cautionary tale for not just about drug addiction, but also for everybody who is new in this town called Los Angeles by following 4 simple rules. First when somebody offers you an opportunity, don't blow it , Second is manage your money wisely and not spend it on things and are not worth spending, Third hang around with people who are trustworthy and want to support you on succeeding, and not of people who you think you trust is going to suck you dry and giving you something you should not take. and lastly don't do drugs. 4 simple rules that everybody must follow when you're new to this city. It has nothing to do whether you're rich or poor, it's about staying alive and following the right path.


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