Wednesday, February 26, 2014

54



1998 American Feature

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Breckin Meyer, Sherry Stringfield, Ellen Albertini Dow, Cameron Mathison, Heather Matarazzo, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Hutton and Michael York
Writer/Director: Mark Christopher

Synopsis:
The time: the 1970s. The setting: Studio 54, New York City's most (in)famous nightclub, where a handsome young bartender gets drawn into the bacchanalian excesses of Steve Rubell's decadent disco.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 13% / Audience: 45%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 33% / Audience: 5.7%
  • OMG rating: 3/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtracks: Available



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of  writer/director Mark Christopher.
  • Ryan Phillippe's character is based on Tieg Thomas, who worked at Studio 54 from 1977 to 1982.
  • Casting Call: Dolph Lundgren and James Marsden.
  • In addition to Steve Rubell, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol appear as characters in the film.
  • Celebrities who make cameos during the nightclub scenes include Peter Bogdanovich, Cindy Crawford, Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Thelma Houston, Ron Jeremy, Heidi Klum, Lorna Luft, Valerie Perrine and Donald Trump.
  • In 2008, writer/director Mark Christopher assembled a bootleg "Director's Cut" of the film with 45 minutes of never before seen footage and unofficially screened it at New York's Outfest. This version reinstated the blatant promiscuity and bisexuality of Ryan Phillippe's character, as well as the film's core love triangle between Phillippe, Salma Hayek and Breckin Meyer (including a kiss between Phillippe and Meyer), which Miramax forced him to cut from the original release.
  • Following its sale by the Walt Disney Company in 2010, Miramax's current management agreed to fund a restoration of the original director's cut of 54. Thirty minutes of reshoots were removed and 40 minutes of original footage were added back. This new director's cut screened at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and is now available for viewing on various digital services.

OMG Movie #516

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