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54 (1998)

R | | Drama, Music | 28 August 1998 (USA)
The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee.

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Cast

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Billie Auster
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Viv
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Disco Dottie
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Atlanta
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Romeo
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Buck
Patrick Taylor ...
Tarzan
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Grace O'Shea
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Harlan O'Shea
Aemilia Robinson ...
Kelly O'Shea
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Storyline

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing. Written by Laurence Mixson

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You've never been anywhere until you've been here. See more »

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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28 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Studio 54  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,611,532, 30 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,574,731, 27 September 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The disco era covered in this movie spans from the summer of 1979 to 1981 while Studio 54 was run by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. See more »

Goofs

Some of the lighting equipment we see is from HighEnd Technologies (Studio Color, Studio Spot and Cyberlight) which was not available until the early-'90s. See more »

Quotes

Steve Rubell: Not with that shirt.
[Shane turns to leave, Steve grabs his arm]
Steve Rubell: I said, not with that shirt.
[Shane pauses, then takes his shirt off, showing his six-pack]
Steve Rubell: Welcome to my party, handsome.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, photographs are shown, first of visiting celebrities (e.g., Brooke Shields, George Burns, Arnold Schwarzenegger), then candid shots of unidentified customers. See more »

Connections

References All My Children (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherchez La Femme
Performed by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
Written by Kid Creole (as August Darnell), Stony Browder, Jr.
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Brilliant, tragic, and most of all, fabulous.
17 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Studio 54 was the center of a universe that revolved around sex, drugs, and a pantheon of ephemeral pop culture gods who presided over a world of decadence and music. Long before the neanderthal "disco sucks" mob convinced the world to stop dancing, every possible indulgence was explored, and then surpassed, in clubs like this one across the country. Well, if there had been clubs like this, but there was only one 54.

The story mirrors the lunatic time warp within great dance clubs. There was a cast of characters, you kind of knew them, and you knew some of the details of their lives outside the club, but make no mistake, the real world took place under the seductive lights, and everything else was just backstage preparation.

You might say that the myriad subplots that ran through 54 were not adequately explored by the movie, but that would be naive. Nobody at the club really knew Warhol, Jagger, Grace Kelly, Capote, or any of the luminaries, famous or not, who inhabited the club like ghosts. We drank from their lives from dusk till dawn and hibernated in the so-called real world until the stars came out at night.

Mike Meyers is beyond fabulous as the complex and tragic Steve Rubell. If Ryan Phillippe is no Oscar winner, you might recall that the real busboys weren't usually National Merit Scholars either. They were beautiful, and that was all that mattered.

The giddy yet tragic abandon of the Disco Days has never been captured so perfectly. Everyone knew it couldn't last, but we all stuck it out to see who could make it till last call. An era as beautiful and optimistic as the hippies and flower children of the 1960's drowned under the weight of the resentment of those who couldn't make it past the velvet rope.

This movie is the absolute best of its genre, and unflinchingly reveals the darkness that lay under the glittering veneer of 54. If you weren't there, you won't understand. If you were, there is no better way to remember. Brilliant, tragic, and most of all, fabulous.


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