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The Last Days of Disco (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  4 September 1998 (UK)
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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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Set in Jamaica in the early '60s, the film centers on a gospel church and the music scene of the time.

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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 | love | friend | drugs | book | See All (163) »

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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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4 September 1998 (UK)  »

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A diszkó végnapjai  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£93,255 (UK) (4 September 1998)

Gross:

£388,903 (UK) (25 September 1998)
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This film was conceived by writer-director Whit Stillman after filming the disco scenes in Barcelona (1994). The picture is loosely based on Stillman's personal experiences in various Manhattan discos including Studio 54. See more »

Goofs

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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Follows Barcelona (1994) See more »

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Let's All Chant
Written by Michael Zager, Alvin Fields
Performed by Michael Zager Band
Courtesy of Chant Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Wonderful and sardonic view of yuppie/disco life
23 June 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Another winner from Whit Stillman! This is a very clever, well-written film in the Eric Bogosian or Hal Hartley style of a play for the screen. This film really does feel like theater in many ways, especially the funny and clever, tightly written dialogue.

Superb performance by almost the entire cast (the one exception being McKenzie Astin, who was fairly awful, but was barely onscreen so it was shrugable), raised the film to a level above its potential. Kate Beckinsale was the perfect bitch, so annoying that I wanted to pull her out of the screen and shake her repeatedly;) Christopher Eigeman nearly stole the show as Des, he played the character perfectly, his voice and tone always on edge, the defensiveness and womanizing, the stories he told, all a brilliant package. But Chloë Sevigny more than held her own, with her best performance that I've ever seen...everything from her line release to her body language stuck out; she became Alice.

This film is a definite must see...a great soundtrack, great sets, brilliant writing and better acting. It's a bit long, some scenes feel unnecessary, and at times he seems to be over-hammering his point, but Stillman has still provided us with a near-masterpiece, 8/1.


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