An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.Written by
Mark Christopher turned in his original cut in early 1998. Studio reaction to this rough cut was very positive, but two preview screenings in Long Island, New York proved disastrous. Audiences complained that none of the characters were likable, and found much of the gay content uncomfortable. In particular, the kiss between Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer yielded a negative reaction, with viewers complaining that neither actor seemed comfortable in the scene. Miramax head Harvey Weinstein ordered extensive re-shoots to alter the plot, removing most references to Phillipe's character's bisexuality, expanding Neve Campbell's role as a love interest, and adding a new ending. Ultimately, the film didn't fare better with critics or audiences, and Christopher's original cut became something of a legend among film enthusiasts. Bootleg copies of the Director's Cut circulated for years, before an official announcement in 2015 of an official release. See more »
In one newspaper clipping towards the end, the word "survivor" is clearly misspelled as "surviver". See more »
Studio 54 was a swift, colourful flick that showed us the true ins and outs of the seventies. The only difference is that the writers remembered the seventies .. thus, they obviously didn't really live the seventies atmosphere to its fullest. Mr Ryan Phillippe, in my opinion, took on an enormous task in performing this role ... I mean who else could you get to wear tight clothing, push pills, make drinks, take sexual harassment from a male employer, and still look pretty? Ms Campbell' purpose in this movie showed young girls that you can get somewhere with talent and not just looks. Basically, the script was compelling, the acting was sought as half way and ended up getting three quarters ... so overall I say that this isn't that bad of a flick if you are looking for something out of the everyday norm. I gave this movie a rating of a "9" because it is a personal favourite of mine, and the casting was one of the best combos, for my taste in movies. - David Wills christian 11/01/99
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