The Boost is a 1988 American drama film directed by Harold Becker and based on the book Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream by Ben Stein.[1] It stars James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill, June Chandler and Amanda Blake.[2]

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The Boost
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Directed byHarold Becker
Written byBen Stein
Darryl Ponicsan
Produced byDaniel H. Blatt
StarringJames Woods
Sean Young
John Kapelos
Steven Hill
Kelle Kerr
CinematographyHoward Atherton
Edited byMaury Winetrobe
Music byStanley Myers
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release dates
  • December 28, 1988 (1988-12-28) (limited)
  • January 4, 1989 (1989-01-04) (wide)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million
Box office$784,990
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