The Boost

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Time Out says

A well-crafted, hard-hitting look at an ideal marriage torn apart by personal insecurity, material greed and designer drugs. After years of frustration, Woods meets a sympathetic Californian businessman (Hill), who soon has him selling tax-shelter real estate investments as if his life depended on it. The market is wiped out overnight. Woods is left with no job and a lot of bills. He still has his beautiful wife (Young), but his fragile self-respect is shattered. Offered a little 'boost' by a pal, Woods snorts coke for the first time, instantly dispelling despair but also tapping into an already dangerously addictive personality. The addiction scenario is standard stuff: stress and temptation followed by steep decline, short-lived clean up, and final tragic lapse. The real fascination, though, is the sense that Woods is a disaster waiting to happen, a hollow man constantly on the verge of implosion. The approach here is slightly too monotone and distanced, curiously at odds with Woods' compulsively energetic performance.
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Release details

UK release:

1988

Duration:

95 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Harold Becker

Cast:

John Rothman, Kelle Kerr, Steven Hill, John Kapelos, Sean Young, James Woods, Amanda Blake

Music:

Stanley Myers

Art Director:

Ken Hardy

Editor:

Maury Winetrobe

Cinematography:

Howard Anderson

Screenwriter:

Darryl Ponicsan

Producer:

Daniel H Blatt

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