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Last Night (1998)

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A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Director:

Don McKellar

Writer:

Don McKellar
12 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don McKellar ... Patrick Wheeler
Sandra Oh ... Sandra
Roberta Maxwell ... Mrs. Wheeler
Robin Gammell ... Mr. Wheeler
Sarah Polley ... Jennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler
Trent McMullen ... Alex
Charmion King Charmion King ... Grandmother
Jessica Booker Jessica Booker ... Rose
David Cronenberg ... Duncan
Tracy Wright ... Donna
Callum Keith Rennie ... Craig Zwiller
Karen Glave ... Lily
Arsinée Khanjian ... Streetcar Mother
Chandra Michaels ... Streetcar Daughter (as Chandra Muszka)
Geneviève Bujold ... Mrs. Carlton
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Storyline

It's 18:00 in a somewhat deserted Toronto on the last day before the scheduled end of the world at midnight, the end which has been known now for months. Most people are treating midnight as a matter-of-fact event with little sense of panic. In fact, many are celebrating this last day. Most have very specific wants for this last day and will do whatever they need to to make those wants happen. And some, such as Duncan and Donna with the gas company, are working, ensuring that the masses are served and comfortable during the final hours. The Wheeler family are marking the last day by having a Christmas party, although sullen adult son Patrick, his thoughts in part stemming from being recently widowed, has made it clear he wants to be alone in his own home at the end. Patrick's wants may be in jeopardy when a woman named Sandra - Duncan's wife - lands on his doorstep. Sandra is stranded, trying to make it across town to her own home so that she and Duncan can carry out their own last ... Written by Huggo

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It's not the end of the world... there's still six hours left See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Canada | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Don McKellar's feature-length directorial debut See more »

Goofs

In the early moments of the movie, when the car's up on it's bumper against the pole, the girl puts her keys in the door to unlock it and when the door opens, the bell goes off, to alert that the keys are in the ignition, or that the lights are on. Neither is true. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Wheeler: What I do find pathetic is people who, as soon as they hear that the world is ending, they rush out and try to hook up with someone like it was closing time at Studio 54.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the director's exploited friends. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Magnolia (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Keith Papworth
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
By Arrangement with Magnetic Music
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Haunting and Lovely
23 July 2005 | by wesbergerSee all my reviews

I found LAST NIGHT quite thought-provoking and moving the first time I saw it and its impact on me has only grown over time. This is an amazingly sophisticated and well-executed film for a first-time director. What I find thrilling about it is both the fine balance it finds between ideas and emotional resonance and its sense of tonal unity and control. The images and music have stayed with me for years. Despite the melancholic events of the story and the sense of loss that permeates the film (after all, we are talking about the end of the world here), a mordant sense of humour and finally a romantic, optimistic heart leavens the story's darkness, without pushing the movie into cheap sentimentality or melodrama (Armageddon, anyone?). All this and only one of the most memorable closing images in modern film! Seek it out. It's worth it.


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