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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 »


David Keating
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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 ... 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


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 »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The film takes place in 1977. See more »


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 »


[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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References The Goodbye Girl (1977) See more »


Performed by Sharon Shannon and Donal Lunny
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For Irish lovers only
22 November 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Last of the High Kings" aka "Summer Fling" is a wonderfully charming and wry little coming-of-age film with Leto at the center of a cast of idiosyncratic characters including his eccentric parents, some lovely lasses, and sundry town folk. This witty but dry slice of Irish life flick is laced with some not so obvious humor which will please those with sufficiently educated palates and leave others cold. A great watch for those with a taste for the Emerald Isles.

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Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,569, 12 April 1998

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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