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The Boost (1988)

R
95 min | Drama, Romance

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 ...See moreLenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador See less
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Ben Stein (book "Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream") (as Benjamin Stein) | Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)
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$ 8,000,000
Gross (USA)
$ 784,990
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Release date
Dec 23, 1988 (United States)

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41 cast members
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James Woods
Lenny Brown Lenny Brown   See fewer
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Sean Young
Linda Brown Linda Brown   See fewer
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John Kapelos
Joel Miller Joel Miller   See fewer
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Max Sherman Max Sherman   See fewer
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Kelle Kerr
Rochelle Rochelle   See fewer
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Barbara Barbara   See fewer
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Libby Boone
Delores Delores   See fewer
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Surfer Surfer   See fewer
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June Chandler
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Edith Fields
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David Tress
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Parker Whitman
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Michael Strasser
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Charles David Richards
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Austin Kelly
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Dan Moriarty
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Jody Lambert
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6.1 / 10 | 1,732 votes