$26,400,640 + $16,700,954 = $43,101,594
Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.
Three-time Academy Award-nominated film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson focusing on a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a monumental figure in the adult film world.
The movie is an expansion of PTA's mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story. The lead role of Eddie was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but he turned it down to star in Titanic. Joaquin Phoenix was also offered the role.