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This is the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.

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Set in the New York club scene of the late 1980's thru the 1990's, a tale which chronicles the rise and fall of club-kid promoter Michael Alig, a party organizer, whose extravagant life was sent spiralling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his friend, roommate, and drug dealer, Angel Melendez. Originally from Indiana, Alig moved to New York, and came to be an underground legend, known for his excessive drug use and outrageous behavior in the club world. At his peak, he had his own record label, and magazine, and hosted Disco 2000, one of the biggest club nights in New York in the '90s. He was doing a lot of drugs, and as his addiction got worse, his party themes became darker and more twisted. Alig's saga reached its tragic crescendo when he viciously murdered his drug dealer, Angel, by injecting him with Drano and throwing him in the East River. The power he wielded on the club scene made him feel untouchable, so he didn't hestitate to boast of the murder. The... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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'Til death do they party... See more »


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Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,719 (USA) (12 September 2003)

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$296,665 (USA) (12 September 2003)
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Trivia

Daniel Franzese has a small speaking role in the film but he also appears in the end in a rat costume describing the murder to Seth Green. See more »

Goofs

Michael Alig was arrested while in the company of his male lover, not his female lover. Gitsie was a secretary, not a girlfriend. Alig has never been romantically interested in any woman. See more »

Quotes

Michael Alig: You saved my life, you know? Thank you.
James: I'm afraid I'm going to have to hang up now!
Michael Alig: Why?
James: Because you're trying to turn this into an after school special. Because you wanna get the last word and you want this to end with everyone liking you and it's my movie! I can't let it end that way.
Michael Alig: You always kept our pact. This is where I need to be.
James: I know what you're trying to do and it's not going to work! Goodbye Michael Alig.
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Spoofs The Jane Whitney Show (1992) See more »

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Written by Babydaddy (as Scott Hoffman) and Jake Shears (as Jason Sellards)
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Surprisingly Good.
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I started to watch this movie I wasn't at all aware what it was about. I just saw that MaCaulay Culkin and Seth Green were in it and thought, "Cool! Maybe this'll be good." A lot of people say this movie was bad, that it was horribly acted, but I think they just couldn't get past Culkin's shortcomings. I don't believe he was a bad actor, I simply believe he got stuck on the idea of how he had to humanize his character, and that was his ultimate downfall (in the special features he explained this was something he wanted to bring to the character).

Seth Green, as always, is adorable and can completely immerse himself into a character and really bring him to light. Marilyn Manson played Christina wonderfully, if only for a short time. Wilmer Valderrama was terrific as Keoki and it was a disappointment to see he was only in such a little portion of the film.

All in all, this movie was great. It had a great cast and a great script. The movie was meant to poke fun, not to make you think about any hidden meanings or to wonder why they were acting so strange. Club Kids were all about glamour, mocking celebrities, and, in the end, drugs. They didn't want to grow up, and they certainly didn't want to live a normal life.

Culkin had his moments where he pulled Alig off well, and in others, you could tell he was trying to stretch the character into places he wasn't meant to go. And if he was, Culkin certainly wasn't the actor to do it.

All in all, a "fabulous" film. Highly recommended if you're interested in how some of the 80's really played out.


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