54 (1998)

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The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee.

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  • Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer in 54 (1998)
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12 June 2015 | MatthewInSydney
| Director's Cut review - an originally disappointing film reborn into something worthwhile
The studio executives who ruined the first release version of this film in 1998 have a lot to answer for, but the director has had the last word and proved he was right all along, with the new Director's Cut (which I saw at the Sydney Film Festival tonight), which is an ENTIRELY different and improved experience. From now on, I don't think there should be any reason for anyone to watch the original release version again, the improvement is that dramatic. The one aspect that may irritate some viewers is that a few of the 'new' scenes have slightly lower image & sound quality than the rest of the film, as they obviously weren't able to find perfect quality footage for every restored scene, and the editing between some scenes doesn't always feel entirely smooth. And some weaknesses in the film still remain - such as Ryan Philippe, who is a bit limp despite being more than pretty enough for the role. But in so many other ways this is a far far better film, taking a film I'd only have rated maybe a 4 in the past, to at least a 7 now. About 40% of the film feels entirely changed, all for the better. There's a lot more life to the nights at the club, now that they've been able to put back the sex & drugs the studio removed (no movie about 1980-era disco makes any sense once you remove them). The parties are wild and bisexual and very disco. And the whole direction of the drama has been altered, now that the dull studio-imposed romance with Neve Campbell has been removed. Neve is still there in a small role, but the film now focuses on Ryan's love triangle with Salma Hayek & Breckin Meyer instead, which is far more interesting. Everyone who worked on the film should be happy with the Director's Cut, which proves they were making something pretty decent (until the studio stuffed it up).

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Actress Arlene Fontaine, born Simone Serena Peterson, was an uncredited extra in this movie who's only other movie credit is 1973 "Gordon's War". She is the niece of movie bear trainer Beebe Stanley


Shane O'Shea: A guy named Steve Rubell had a dream: To throw the best damned party the world had ever seen and to make it last forever. He built a world where fantasy was put up as reality and where an 80-year-old disco queen could dance till dawn. Where models ...


When Shane is bringing Christmas presents to his father's on Christmas Day, the radio station in his car is giving the stock market report for the day. The Stock Exchange is closed on Christmas Day. There would be no market update.

Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, photographs are shown, first of visiting celebrities (e.g., Brooke Shields, George Burns, Arnold Schwarzenegger), then candid shots of unidentified customers.

Alternate Versions

In 2008, 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 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 which the studio forced him to cut from the original release.


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Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Produced by Coati Mundi and Susan Jacobs


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