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
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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 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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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A morose but engaging Canadian indie.
19 April 2000 | by FATLOSERSee all my reviews

"Last Day" is a really good film that shouldn't be watched by persons suffering from clinical depression. The first rate acting from a cast of Canadian regulars really draws the viewer in from the onset, totally absorbing you into their doomed world. I remember getting the same feeling during this film as I did with "The Day After" as both are able to make you forget very quickly that everything will be fine when the movie's finished. The excellent character development, sharp sense of irony, and stylish subtlety of the film create a near perfect calling card for the director whose future work will be much sought after.


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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$591,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$591,165
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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