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The Last Days of Disco (1998)

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Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.

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Whit Stillman

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Whit Stillman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Sevigny ... Alice
Kate Beckinsale ... Charlotte
Chris Eigeman ... Des
Mackenzie Astin ... Jimmy
Matt Keeslar ... Josh
Robert Sean Leonard ... Tom
Jennifer Beals ... Nina
Matt Ross ... Dan (as Matthew Ross)
Tara Subkoff ... Holly
Burr Steers ... Van
David Thornton ... Bernie
Jaid Barrymore ... Tiger Lady
Sonsee Neu ... Diana (as Sonsee Ahray)
Edoardo Ballerini ... Victor
Scott Beehner ... Adam
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Storyline

Last Days of Disco loosely depicts the "last days" at a disco palace, where drugs, sex and weirdness ran rampant. The story centers around a group of friends who frequent the disco and each other. All the characters are searching for something to make their lives more fulfilling. Some are searching for everlasting love and some are just wanting something different. As the disco is closed, they all wonder can disco ever really be dead? Written by Kathy Clark <kemoore@cyberramp.net>

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History is made at night.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some elements involving sexuality and drugs | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A diszkó végnapjai See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$277,601, 31 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,987,297, 9 August 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was conceived by writer-director Whit Stillman after the filming the disco scenes in Barcelona (1994). The picture is loosely based on Stillman's personal experiences in various Manhattan discoes including Studio 54. See more »

Goofs

In the penultimate scene, Josh and Dan exit into a subway station with posts topped by red globes. Subway portals with red globes are exit only. They never could have entered there. As we see Des and Charlotte walk away, we see an entrance for the same subway station (World Trade Center) marked with green globes. The green globes designate 24-hour entry. There Josh and Dan could have actually entered for the subway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice Kinnon: I hear you have a much better chance of getting in if you come by cab.
Charlotte Pingress: You're really worried about getting in?
Alice Kinnon: Yes.
Charlotte Pingress: I thought you've been here several times before.
Alice Kinnon: Not the front way. They were private parties. We came in through the back.
Charlotte Pingress: We look real good tonight. I'm sure we're gonna get in.
[Alice and Charlotte round the corner and see a large crowd waiting outside the Disco Club]
Alice Kinnon: [beat] Let's get a cab.
Charlotte Pingress: Yeah.
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Connections

Follows Barcelona (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hearts of Stone
Written by Mark Suozzo, Lou Christie
Performed by Norma Jean
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Clever dialogue but lack of plot may frustrate some people
4 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In the early 80's a group of friends interact around a Manhattan disco, desperate to climb the local social ladder. With an investigation in the disco's financial dealings and the end of disco approaching the friends attempt to carry on as normal.

Director Whit Stillman tends to go for comedies that look inward and have strong comedic dialogue that follow social observations and comment on different cultures and periods. However plot is never one of his major concerns and here is no different. The story here is less important that the period of disco which is the real focus. This may be a bit frustrating to some as the story doesn't seeming to have any one direction. However the characters and the dialogue will generally hold the interest sufficiently. Some of the script is a bit weak and the characters occasionally are a bit too unsympathetic but for the majority the sharp script compliments the characters.

The performances are good throughout - these socialites are not people I'd ever like to meet but they are funny from a distance. There is much to like here if you like this type of humour. But the story is almost non-existent and this is a slight problem.

Overall a clever, funny look at the life of a couple of party girls around the time disco started to suck. Not to everyone's taste and what's that credit sequence ending about? - is it a bit of fun or is it trying to say something?


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