The Last Days of Disco

May 29th, 1998


The Last Days of Disco

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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.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.3/10 (5,912 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Whit Stillman

Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman

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?

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

Taglines: History is made at night.


Official Website: Castle Rock / Gramercy |

Release Date: 29 May 1998

Filming Locations: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $277,601 (USA) (31 May 1998) (22 Screens)

Gross: $2,987,297 (USA) (9 August 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The location at the old movie theater had to be shared with another film production which was also shooting there during principal photography.

Continuity: Early in the movie, boxes of glassware in the back of the club have large modern barcodes. An hour into the movie the boxes are shown again, with the barcodes taped over.

Des McGrath: Do you really think the neurological effects of coffee are similar to that of cocaine?

User Review

Clubs were not as loud then as they are now

Rating: 7/10

Several people have commented that the conversations in the club would have been impossible due to the loud disco music. I was a regular bar goer in the 1970s and 80s and though some rock and roll bars were deafening, most dance clubs were not as "loud" as they are today. Conversation was a possibility back then believe it or not. I think that is one retro idea that should be revived.

As for the rest of the film, I liked it. I did not think all of the elements worked however. For example, I would have liked to have seen more proof that disco was on its way out. Having guys walk around in shirts that proclaimed "Disco Sucks" and footage of a "death to disco" rally at a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were both evident in 1979 when that game was played. I watched that game. Incidentally, the Tigers won by forfeit as the Chicago field became a disaster area. I would have liked to have heard more of the change in music. We did hear some Blondie, but this film was supposed to take place in the early 80s. I think the song "Bette Davis Eyes" would have been a good choice.

If you are looking for a celebration of Disco, this film isn't it. It does have some realistic portrayals of people who might have been involved in the scene. I watched the film because I disliked the whole disco scene and thought that a film showing it dying may be interesting and it did not disappoint me. If you are looking for a plot, this film doesn't have it. Not all of it worked and I was scratching my head a few times, but I think this film may become more enjoyable with a second viewing. I gave it a 7.


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