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The Last of the High Kings (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 1998 (USA)
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It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »

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David Keating
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine O'Hara ... Cathleen
Jared Leto ... Frankie Griffin
Christina Ricci ... Erin
Gabriel Byrne ... Jack Griffin
Stephen Rea ... Cab Driver
Colm Meaney ... Jim Davern
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Jayne Wayne
Jason Barry ... Nelson Fitzgerald
Emily Mortimer ... Romy Thomas
Karl Hayden Karl Hayden ... Hopper Delaney
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Noelie Griffin (as Ciaran Fitzgerald)
Renee Weldon Renee Weldon ... Maggie Griffin
Des Braiden ... Teacher (as Des Braden)
Darren Monks Darren Monks ... Davy Dudley
Peter Keating Peter Keating ... Ray Griffin
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Storyline

It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family. Written by Anonymous

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When school ends... and life begins. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief language, and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Denmark | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Fling See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1977. See more »

Goofs

At a party early in the film, "Rosalie/Cowgirl's Song" is playing from the live Thin Lizzy album Live and Dangerous. This album was not released until June of 1978, the year after the film is set. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frankie: I had it all planned. College. A place of my own. Hang out all day in cafes with beautiful girls, with legs and blonde hair, that you could talk to about The Stranglers and Hemingway, and who you could spend loads of time in bed with. Instead, I've blown my exams. How absolute was Louis the Fourteenth? Absolutely no idea. Ah, God, I've ruined my life before it's even started. They might as well take me out and shoot me. If I fail, I'm gonna have to get a job. I'm not cut out for ...
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Connections

References The Goodbye Girl (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boys Are Back In Town
Written by Phil Lynott (as P. Lynott)
Performed by Thin Lizzy
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A better slant on coming of age stories.
16 March 2004 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

A coming of age story for people who don't usually like coming of age stories, unfortunately renamed for American audiences a Summer Fling, which it is not about at all. Nor is it really much of a coming of age movie, in the sense the strongest character is the proddy hating Irish Catholic mother, played by Catherine O'Hara, a red haired overly political passionate nutcase who steals the movie from the kids. The kids, by the way, are interesting, amusing, and not idiotic, like those found in most Hollywood comedies. I found the movie entertaining and I appreciated not being patronized. If you're looking for something light, a little Irish, and a pleasant way to pass the time, check this out.


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