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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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disco | friend | lawyer | money | gay | See All (159) »

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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

The disco riot at Comiskey Park was in 1979. 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

Referenced in When Disco Ruled the World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tide Is High
Written by John Holt, Tyrone Evans, Howard Barrett
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, A Division of EMI
Under License from EMI - Capitol Special Markets
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Witty Movie about Wasp-y relationships in early 1980s
25 February 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

Well, before you see this, ask yourself if you either: a) want to engorge yourself with lengthy witty banter, or b) see a Wasp-y version of the weaving of people in and out of relationships like Seinfeld or Woody Allen but with a bigger cast? If your answer is yes, this is your movie. If not, not.

This movie is FAR more like Stillman's others (Metropolitan and Barcelona) than like anything you've seen about disco - which is simply the background. I was surprised that these yuppie characters were so freely admitted to Studio 54 (the set of the film), but perhaps it indicates disco's waning popularity by the early 1980s.

I enjoyed it very much - but it's not everyone's cup of tea.


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