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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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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 | love | friend | drugs | book | See more »

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History is made at night.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some elements involving sexuality and drugs | See all certifications »
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4 September 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A diszkó végnapjai  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£93,255 (UK) (4 September 1998)

Gross:

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

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

In scenes where the main characters are seen riding the subway, the subway cars are immaculately clean and graffiti free. During the early 1980s (the time this film takes place), subway cars were notoriously gritty looking with graffiti covering the inside and outside of the cars. Police officers were also a common sight as crime on the subway was at an all time high. During the late 1980s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) which oversaw the city's subway services purchased a newer model from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier that was made of graffiti-proof alloys and had a different seat layout from previous trains. This model is the one seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Gossip Girl: The Last Days of Disco Stick (2009) See more »

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The Oogum Boogum Song
Written by Brenton Wood (as Alfred Smith)
Performed by Brenton Wood
Courtesy of The Exclusive Master Owner
Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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the dialogue is fresh and chances are you'll be grinning from here to Bolivia when the "Love Train" rolls through the subway at the end.
15 December 1998 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

`You have no idea what men think about women's breasts,' womaniser Des McGrath (Christopher Eigeman) pleads. No, not a rehash of Boogie Nights, but the third instalment, following Metropolitan and Barcelona, of Whitman's `yuppie' odyssey.

This New York yarn centres on publishing assistants Charlotte (flawless snotty American accent by Kate Beckinsale) and her best friend/biggest rival Alice (Chloe Sevigny). Bitchy Charlotte - `In physical terms, I'm cuter than you, but you're much nicer than I am,' - and Alice fall in with a parade of self-absorbed fellows in pullovers and drab ties. The `verbal' action between this set of intellectual folk takes place at a ludicrous dance palace in the very early 80s, with the `disco movement' decaying and Reagan's soul-devouring materialism taking hold.

In the main these are disagreeable people, but as much as you urge yourself to loathe them, you can't quite do it. Whitman's wildly self-indulgent and witty script (`Do you think the neurological effects of caffeine are similar to that of cocaine?') makes them impossible to ignore and eventually their awfulness becomes disturbingly compelling. A bit like Friends, only without dumb Joey and flaky Phoebe.

Although, aesthetically and visually Whitman's film doesn't quite ring true – clothing looks too 90s and they'd never be able to talk so much in a club – the dialogue is fresh and chances are you'll be grinning from here to Bolivia when the "Love Train" rolls through the subway at the end.

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