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At Theaters: 8/28/1998 On Video: 1/12/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 089810
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Shane O'Shea, a naïve and ambitious working-class Jersey kid rises through the hierarchy of Studio 54 to become one of its most popular bartenders. Through him, we see the decadent world of the famous club, a place where the highest of society mixes with the New York street scene to make a combustible combination.

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Drama - 54 is a drama set in the late 70s at a popular New York disco. Those who are old enough to remember the era may enjoy the recreation of the disco culture for nostalgia. Fans of Neve Campbell and Ryan Phillippe will probably want to watch the attractive stars. Fans of Mike Myers may be interested in the film, but should be aware that his role is dramatic, not comedic. Viewers looking for complex characters will probably find the film somewhat shallow, and the action fairly slow. Frequent depictions of drug use and promiscuous sexuality will also be a problem for some viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mike Myers (Austin Powers)
Neve Campbell (Scream 2)
Ryan Phillippe (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Salma Hayek (Fools Rush In)
Director: Mark Christopher (Alkali, Iowa)
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About The Production
The Costumes
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PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Nudity and a few scenes of explicit sexual motions
VIOLENCE: A couple of scuffles
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Use of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs
COMEDY: Exaggerated costumes used for comic effect

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Below Average
In his first truly dramatic performance, Mike Myers transforms himself to become Steve Rubell, the entrepreneur-geek behind the hyper-popular 1970s Manhattan disco Studio 54. If writer/director Mark Christopher had had the common sense to make 54 Rubell's story, he might have had a great film on his hands. Instead, he turns it into a trite corruption-of-the-innocent tale, with a naive kid (Ryan Phillippe) drawn into the glitter and corruption. Ironically, Christopher focuses on the attractive, shallow characters while ignoring the real substance, just like Studio 54 itself. Rubell would have been disgusted to see his creation turned into something so mundane.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 91 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
Very High
13-19Teens (F)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly Low
30+Adults (M)
Fairly Low
30+Adults (F)
Fairly Low
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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In the late seventies, on 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, an abandoned television studio burned its way into New York nightlife with a fervor that earned it an international reputation as the greatest nightclub of all time. Studio 54, the brainchild of Brooklyn-born entrepreneur Steve Rubell (MIKE MYERS), embodied the heart and soul of the era. Disco ruled the airwaves, Farrah Fawcett had the hair, Brooke Shields had the jeans and Vidal Sassoon stood by making everyone "looking good." Within the walls of Studio 54, all the decadence and excess of the time - drugs, music, fashion, pre-AIDS abandon and celebrity - were on display in dazzling, dizzying abundance. It became a place free of labels, where blue-collar brawn rubbed elbows with Park Avenue charm, and where everyone fell into a hedonistic trance - dancing and making love under the only disco ball in town.

Just across the bridge, but a world away in Jersey City, 19-year-old Shane O'Shea (RYAN PHILLIPPE) managed to pass beyond the velvet ropes into the glamour and excitement of Studio 54. Shane finds employment and a close-knit new family in his married co-workers Greg (BRECKIN MEYER), a busboy who dreams of making the money as a Studio 54 bartender, and Anita (SALMA HAYEK), a coat-check girl who aspired to be a disco recording artist. And when he finally comes face-to-face with his dream girl, soap star Julie Black (NEVE CAMPBELL), romantic sparks fly. Together, this group of young dreamers - a bartender, a busboy, a coat-check girl and a rising actress - will come of age amidst the bright lights, flashing cameras and nonstop action of the greatest party of all time - Studio 54.

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