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The Last Days of Disco (1998)

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Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.

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Storyline

Last Days of Disco loosely depicts the "last days" at a disco palace, where drugs, sex and weirdness ran rampant. The story centers around a group of friends who frequent the disco and each other. All the characters are searching for something to make their lives more fulfilling. Some are searching for everlasting love and some are just wanting something different. As the disco is closed, they all wonder can disco ever really be dead? Written by Kathy Clark <kemoore@cyberramp.net>

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disco | friend | lawyer | love | money | See All (162) »

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History is made at night.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for some elements involving sexuality and drugs | See all certifications »
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12 June 1998 (USA)  »

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A diszkó végnapjai  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$277,601 (USA) (29 May 1998)

Gross:

£388,903 (UK) (25 September 1998)
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Trivia

Castle Rock, the studio that produced the film, wanted a big name to star in the "Alice" role. They put in a call to Winona Ryder's agent with a firm offer. In the meantime, Chloe Sevigny read for the part and was perfect for the role, according to Whit Stillman. They were able to get out of the offer to Ryder because her agent took four days to return the call. See more »

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The "past perfect" that Bernie Rafferty picks up on in a dialogue with Des is actually just the 'simple past' tense. The past perfect would not have been "I was approached" but "I had been approached." A serious error for the self consciously erudite Stillman. See more »

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[first lines]
Alice Kinnon: I hear you have a much better chance of getting in if you come by cab.
Charlotte Pingress: You're really worried about getting in?
Alice Kinnon: Yes.
Charlotte Pingress: I thought you've been here several times before.
Alice Kinnon: Not the front way. They were private parties. We came in through the back.
Charlotte Pingress: We look real good tonight. I'm sure we're gonna get in.
[Alice and Charlotte round the corner and see a large crowd waiting outside the Disco Club]
Alice Kinnon: [beat] Let's get a cab.
Charlotte Pingress: Yeah.
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References Metropolitan (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Shame
Written by Reuben Cross, John Fitch
Performed by Evelyn King (as Evelyn "Champagne" King)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Oh, to be Young
3 December 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"The Last Days of Disco" follows a group of newly minted adults in the New York of the early 1980s. They're affluent, and recent products of Ivy League educations but they really don't have much of a clue as to what adulthood is all about. They're groping, but they're not sure for what. They all have jobs, but their lives revolve around a posh disco where they mate, mingle, and talk. There's not much of a plot; "The Last Days of Disco" is mostly a series of conversions. But the conversions are wonderful. Whit Stillman's dialogue is a delight; he nails what its like during those first years of adulthood when the life of the group is replaced by a mature individuality. The ensemble cast is wonderful to watch, not overplaying their characters. I recommend this movie very highly


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