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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 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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Taglines:

Party like there is no tomorrow...because there isn't! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Sandra was specifically written for Sandra Oh. See more »

Goofs

When Craig agrees to lend his car to Sandra and explains what kind of car it is, he tells her it's a 1970 Lime Green Super Bee with dual overhead cams. The Super Bee was never available with an engine using dual overhead camshafts. In 1970 the Plymouth Super Bee was available with three choices of engines. Base engine was the 383 Magnum, then as options there was the 440 "Six Pack" and the famed 426 "Hemi". All of these used the Overhead Valve design or "OHV" design. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Wheeler: I think maybe I should mention before you make any faux pas here, that we have a tradition in this family, that we don't kill other people.
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Special thanks to the director's exploited friends. See more »


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I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)
Written by Garry Shider. Glenn Goins and George Clinton
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of Bridgeport Music Inc. (BMI) and Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Canada Inc.
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Quietly thrilling, darkly humorous, poignant and haunting.
20 January 1999 | by GalvanoSee all my reviews

I saw LAST NIGHT last night at a special London preview where we all had to fill in a questionnaire. I don't know if this was just to formulate a marketing campaign or (more worrying) to consider making changes to the film. So just in case, let me say to the powers-that-be, DON'T CHANGE A THING! LAST NIGHT is wonderfully refreshing and intelligent. No cheap thrills or laughs. Nothing derivative or patronising to the audience. It has an integrity increasingly rare in modern cinema. Don't just 'forget Armageddon', it's misleading to even compare them. A sense of impeding doom is treated here like a collective state-of-mind rather than an externalised visual spectacle. It's elegantly spare in both look, writing and performances. Quietly thrilling, darkly humorous, poignant and haunting. Faultless on every level. Congratulations to McKellar, and the team for making the film you wanted to make, without the destructive influence of corporate interference!


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