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A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

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Sandra
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Mrs. Wheeler
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Jennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler
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Alex
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Rose
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Duncan
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Donna
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Craig Zwiller (as Callum Keith Rennie)
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Lily
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Streetcar Mother
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Streetcar Daughter (as Chandra Muszka)
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Mrs. Carlton
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Storyline

It's 18:00 in a somewhat deserted Toronto on the last day before the scheduled end of the world at midnight, the end which has been known now for months. Most people are treating midnight as a matter-of-fact event with little sense of panic. In fact, many are celebrating this last day. Most have very specific wants for this last day and will do whatever they need to to make those wants happen. And some, such as Duncan and Donna with the gas company, are working, ensuring that the masses are served and comfortable during the final hours. The Wheeler family are marking the last day by having a Christmas party, although sullen adult son Patrick, his thoughts in part stemming from being recently widowed, has made it clear he wants to be alone in his own home at the end. Patrick's wants may be in jeopardy when a woman named Sandra - Duncan's wife - lands on his doorstep. Sandra is stranded, trying to make it across town to her own home so that she and Duncan can carry out their own last ... Written by Huggo

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Party like there is no tomorrow...because there isn't! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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23 October 1998 (Canada)  »

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A Última Noite  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£32,384 (UK) (2 July 1999)
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Trivia

This film was a result of director Don McKellar's invitation to participate in a challenge to make a movie about the imminent Millennium. Instead of making a movie that he felt might date itself too quickly, he opted to make it about the end of the world rather than just the end of the Millennium. See more »

Goofs

In the early moments of the movie, when the car's up on it's bumper against the pole, the girl puts her keys in the door to unlock it and when the door opens, the bell goes off, to alert that the keys are in the ignition, or that the lights are on. Neither is true. See more »

Quotes

[Patrick needs one of Craig's cars]
Patrick Wheeler: You have two others!
Craig Zwiller: It's a collection; they're antique cars. Two old cars is not a collection! It's a guy with two old cars.
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Referenced in Magnolia (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All
Written by Tony Macaulay
Performed by The The 5th Dimension (as 5th Dimension)
Courtesy of Polygram Music Publishing Ltd.
Reproduced courtesy of Arista Records Inc. and BMG Music Canada Inc.
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Impressive tale of love in a time of universal ruin
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Don Mckellar's direction is outstanding in this typically edgy yet slyly romantic Canadian offering. Taking place during the last night on earth, the film expertly follows the lives of a group of people all of whom are dealing with the end of the world in their own inimitable ways. Yes, this is not something original but somehow Mckellar (who also acts in the the film) has fashioned a very watchable tale whose power lies in what we know is going to happen rather than how we get there. With a touch of off-beat Canadian humor the mundane and the surreal are often counterpointed to provide some dark humor, but the film's visual wit and wonderful use of music adds another eerie dimension. Mckellar never tells why the earth is coming to an end but there are enough 'bright' clues to satisfy the curious. It's a shame this film hasn't had more exposure. Perhaps its detached, deadpan wit was too Canadian for many.


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