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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

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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
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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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It's your last night on earth. Go out in style. 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

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 »

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 »

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Grandmother: It's hard on them. Well, it's hard on the children. Think of those little ones.
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Special thanks to the director's exploited friends. See more »

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Referenced in Magnolia (1999) See more »

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First Noel
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Arranged by Keith Papworth
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
By Arrangement with Magnetic Music
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7 November 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

There are films that are great, but by virtue of their intelligence and understatement fall through the cracks - or go on over the years to achieve 'cult' status. Paul Auster's 'Smoke', or Thomas McCarthy's 'The Station Agent' are a couple. This is such a film, and for fans of these types of 'smarter', less 'hollywood' productions there is no greater cinematic experience than finding such a gem. This is unpretentious and real - and ultimately honest and rewarding. Don McKellar has crafted something really special.


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