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The Boost

6.01 h 34 min199018
A real estate developer who enjoyed short-lived success seeks to regain his edge by using cocaine, but takes himself to new lows as he gets lost in the downward spiral of drug addiction.
Harold Becker
James WoodsSean YoungJohn Kapelos
English [CC]
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4.3 out of 5 stars

93 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
... odd years ago and hoping this copy is a good one. James woods has always been a good ...
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I watched this film 20 odd years ago and hoping this copy is a good one.James woods has always been a good actor and the film itself is a great back down to earth story.The character in this,i think his name is lenny is basically a good guy who makes his money the honest way,but greed creeps into his system and you know the rest'he falls down from grace and loses everything.To be honest,i got this film to show it to my 20 year old son who is home from university.I think this film went under the radar at the time and wasn't big box office,but there are still good basic ground rules and common sense to pick up on from the boost,making your way in the world and earning a living..
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Malcolm AbbottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent movie
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very good, but I knew what was coming as I'd already seen the film years ago, wanted it for my collection. James Woods excels in the role of Lennie Brown, and clearly shows what happens to a guy who works hard, gets it all and then loses it through drugs. This is a movie that would work well in a rehab centre to demonstrate to people what happens if your life spirals out of control through drugs
Nigel McKennaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A little known Gem of a Film.
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I first saw this Film in 1991 and was knocked sideways by its power and raw intensity. I now have my own DVD copy but why oh why wont they release it on Blu Ray ? The extras ie interviews and making of Documentary etc. Of course Films about Addiction are depressing viewing but its a relevant subject nonetheless. The Cast is great with superb direction coming from Harold Becker who followed this up by Directing "Sea of Love" . . The Boost is not a well known Film at all but for me it will always be a Film I would watch time and time again . .
simonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
retro movies
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Great movie great seller
vicky wordenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The dvd came in tact.
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Excellent film. I received it on Friday 26th October.
TycoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Happy to come across this classic film , very hard to purchase the boost elsewhere
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dasbunker. carmarthenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very intense, and very depressing
I have always admired James Woods as an actor, and he certainly comes up trumps here. The film, however, is very depressing. There again, I suppose it was meant to be. It concerns a high flyer salesman's descent into drug abuse (cocaine) and the total
downward spiral his life develops. Woods does this depiction magnificently. All the way through I was hoping for his redemption because his character is basically sympathetic. Whether redemption comes I will not reveal. This, you must discover for yourself. Watching it, I was reminded of Jack Lemon's great performance in "Days of wine and roses" In that film the downfall was the result of alcoholism. I still shudder in remembering his scene in the greenhouse, searching desperately for a hidden bottle. In "The Boost", I find Woods' scene in the restaurant when he might be on the way back up and blows it,of similar intensity.Not a film to enjoy as such, but I guarantee you'll remember it long after watching.
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