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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When school ends... and life begins. 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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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 »


When the boys go to get drinks for everyone after the election, one of the bottles of alcohol is Malibu brand rum, which was not distributed world wide until the early 1980s. 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 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


The Boys Are Back In Town
Written by Phil Lynott (as P. Lynott)
Performed by Thin Lizzy
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Cracking film
10 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saw this film in Ireland when it came out and loved it then. Found it again on Amazon and I still think it's a great film. It is touching without being mawkish, wryly amusing. Makes me glad I'm half Irish!

Interesting introduction to Lorraine Pilkington, lovely girl and a talented actress.

The setting is perfect, faded gentility in an Ireland becoming more sophisticated. Some comment on the politics of both church and state, poking gentle fun at both. Not deeply intellectual, but fun without being facile.

If you like to see genuine human interaction, skilfully portrayed, you will love this film, now something of a period piece.

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