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

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$296,665 (USA) (12 September 2003)
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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 »

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When Freez takes off his pants in the "Club Kids Invade Dallas" sequence, he is holding a cigarette in his hand. The cigarette disappears in the next shot. Then comes back again. See more »

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James: That's all you really need to know. That and don't dream it, be it.
Michael Alig: Rocky Horror, it's my fave!
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Not as good as you'd want it to be
22 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The material here (covered in a similarly named documentary) is fascinating. The 90s New York club kid scene was a distinctive period with many crazy sights and scenes. Unfortunately, this film is poorly made on just about every level.

Most of the acting is not just bad, but some of the worst you'll ever see in a mainstream film. This is exacerbated by poor directing. The dramatic scenes don't feel dramatic (I yawned as one character nearly died). The costumes are very good, about on par with the actual club kids. So the film looks good at least.

Another issue: they changed so much for this movie from the actual story! If you research the actual murder and such after watching this you'll just be confused as to why they made all those arbitrary changes. I certainly wasn't to make a great film. Many people like this film, but I suspect deep down they want to live in the 90s club kid scene, and aren't objectively judging the film for its merits.


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