Number Of Discs
New Line Home Video
Blu-ray Disc Features:
Note: Magnolia video diary covers the blossoming of a modern-day masterwork
Frank T. J. Mackey seminar
Seduce and Destroy infomercial
Aimee Mann Save Me music video
Theatrical trailer & TV spots
Widescreen - 2.39
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish
Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, Spanish
Subtitles - Spanish
Theatrical release: December 17, 1999.
Filmed on location in the San Fernando Valley, California.
The Bible verse referred to in the film, Exodus 8:2, says, "And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs." There are dozens of references to this verse scattered throughout the film.
Tom Cruise said he would like to work with Paul Thomas Anderson after seeing BOOGIE NIGHTS. Anderson wrote the role of Frank T.J. Mackey specifically for Cruise.
The phone number for ordering the "Seduce and Destroy" package actually led to a recording of Cruise in character selling his products.
Actor Jason Robards had just recovered from a very serious illness before appearing in MAGNOLIA. The film featured his last screen role; he passed away a year after its release.
The film's title refers to a major street in the San Fernando Valley, where the story takes place. There are also pictures of magnolia flowers scattered throughout the film. In addition, "magnolia" is a name coined by author Charles Fort for a theoretical place where frogs and other unusual things might fall out of the sky.
One of the books Stanley Spector is reading in the school library is LEARNED PIGS AND FIREPROOF WOMEN by Ricky Jay, who appears in the film.
A major scene involving the characters of Stanley Spector, Dixon, and the mysterious Worm was cut out of the film for various reasons. In the original screenplay, the three meet in a diner at the end of the film and it is revealed that the Worm had killed the man discovered by Officer Jim Kurring in Marcie's apartment. Marcie takes the blame for the murder, covering up for the Worm, her son.
"...And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just, 'something that happened.' This cannot be, 'one of those things.' This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This was not just a matter of chance. These strange things happen all the time."--Opening narration by actor Ricky Jay, after the strange death of Sydney Barringer
"In this life, it's not what you hope for, it's not what you deserve--it's what you take."--Frank T.J. Mackey (Tom Cruise)
"You wanna kiss me, Jim?"--Claudia Wilson Gator (Melora Walters)
"Yes, I do."--Jim Kurring (John C. Reilly)
"Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?"--Claudia to Jim
"I know this sounds silly, and I know that I might sound ridiculous, like this is the scene in the movie where the guy's trying to get a hold of the long-lost son, you know, but this is that scene. This is that scene, and I think they have those scenes in movies because they're true, you know, because they really happen. And you've got to believe me, this is really happening."--Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman) on the phone looking for Frank
"As the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't though with us."--Ending narration by Ricky Jay (echoed throughtout the film)
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