Last Night (I) (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 October 1998 (Canada)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Wheeler
Jennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler
Charmion King ...
Jessica Booker ...
Craig Zwiller
Streetcar Mother
Streetcar Daughter (as Chandra Muszka)
Mrs. Carlton


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Noite  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£32,384 (UK) (2 July 1999)


£40,591 (UK) (2 July 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "toughs" whom Patrick and Sandra stop to ask for a ride are played by producer Daniel Iron and Canadian filmmakers Bruce McDonald (bearded) and Francois Girard (driving). See more »


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 »


Patrick Wheeler: What I do find pathetic is people who, as soon as they hear that the world is ending, they rush out and try to hook up with someone like it was closing time at Studio 54.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the director's exploited friends. See more »


Silent Night
Performed by Rita MacNeil
Reproduced by arrangement with EMI Music Canada and Lupins Productions
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Haunting and Lovely
23 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I found LAST NIGHT quite thought-provoking and moving the first time I saw it and its impact on me has only grown over time. This is an amazingly sophisticated and well-executed film for a first-time director. What I find thrilling about it is both the fine balance it finds between ideas and emotional resonance and its sense of tonal unity and control. The images and music have stayed with me for years. Despite the melancholic events of the story and the sense of loss that permeates the film (after all, we are talking about the end of the world here), a mordant sense of humour and finally a romantic, optimistic heart leavens the story's darkness, without pushing the movie into cheap sentimentality or melodrama (Armageddon, anyone?). All this and only one of the most memorable closing images in modern film! Seek it out. It's worth it.

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