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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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An Offbeat Family ... An Off-The-Wall Comedy! 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

Director David Keating met with hundreds of young actors and conducted casting sessions in Ireland, England and America to find the right actor to play Frankie. 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 For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart on My Sleeve
Written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle
Performed by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle
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Jared Leto as an Irish boy
2 April 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See all my reviews

Fine drama about an Irish family. The story is nothing new but the movie is very entertaining. There are some big names related to this movie. Gabriel Byrne was co-writer of the screenplay, producer and actor in this movie. There's also a small but funny role for Stephen Rea as a cab driver. The leading role is for Jared Leto, the guy who played also one of the leading role is the outstanding movie "Requiem for a dream". In "The last of the high kings" he also gives a good performance. Furthermore we have Emily Mortimer who gives an excellent performance as the sweet and beautiful Romy Thomas. Christina Ricci, who we know from "The opposite of Sex" is also in this movie as Erin.

In general this is a entertaining and sometimes funny movie, although there's nothing special in it. 7/10


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