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The Last of the High Kings (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 April 1998 (USA)
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It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Griffin
Cab Driver
Jim Davern
Lorraine Pilkington ...
Jayne Wayne
Nelson Fitzgerald
Romy Thomas
Karl Hayden ...
Hopper Delaney
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Noelie Griffin (as Ciaran Fitzgerald)
Renee Weldon ...
Maggie Griffin
Teacher (as Des Braden)
Darren Monks ...
Davy Dudley
Peter Keating ...
Ray Griffin


It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family. Written by Anonymous

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An Offbeat Family ... An Off-The-Wall Comedy! See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality, brief language, and some drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Summer Fling  »

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1.85 : 1
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Director David Keating met with hundreds of young actors and conducted casting sessions in Ireland, England and America to find the right actor to play Frankie. See more »


At a party early in the film, "Rosalie/Cowgirl's Song" is playing from the live Thin Lizzy album Live and Dangerous. This album was not released until June of 1978, the year after the film is set. See more »


[first lines]
Frankie: I had it all planned. College. A place of my own. Hang out all day in cafes with beautiful girls, with legs and blonde hair, that you could talk to about The Stranglers and Hemingway, and who you could spend loads of time in bed with. Instead, I've blown my exams. How absolute was Louis the Fourteenth? Absolutely no idea. Ah, God, I've ruined my life before it's even started. They might as well take me out and shoot me. If I fail, I'm gonna have to get a job. I'm not cut out for ...
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References Carrie (1976) See more »


Parisienne Walkways
Written by Phil Lynott (as P. Lynott) and Gary Moore
Performed by Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore
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Not for bozos
15 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

The other comments should in fact give you a good indication of whether you'll enjoy the film. If you're interested in Ricci's appearance, would really feel more comfortable if films have laughter tracks too or don't really know about Irish people (or anyone outside North America), you're not really going to get it. If, however, you enjoy the nuances of spoken language, rites-of-passage films, the idiosyncrasies of Irish rural life or '70s rock East of the Atlantic, you'll go for this Gregory's Girly slow-moving heartbreaker.

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