The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee.
54 (1998) Online
An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Ryan Phillippe||-||Shane O'Shea|
|Salma Hayek||-||Anita Randazzo|
|Neve Campbell||-||Julie Black|
|Mike Myers||-||Steve Rubell|
|Sela Ward||-||Billie Auster|
|Breckin Meyer||-||Greg Randazzo|
|Ellen Albertini Dow||-||Disco Dottie|
|Heather Matarazzo||-||Grace O'Shea|
|Skipp Sudduth||-||Harlan O'Shea|
|Aemilia Robinson||-||Kelly O'Shea|
Ryan Phillippe was not a fan of the film, as he didn't like the way the producers gutted the film of the bulk of its sexual and drug-taking content.
In 2008, about a decade after its original theatrical debut, Writer and Director Mark Christopher assembled a bootleg Director's Cut of the film, with forty-five minutes of never before seen footage, and unofficially screened it at New York's Outfest around July-August 2008. 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 Miramax studio forced him to cut from the original release.
In February 2015, a one hundred five minute Director's Cut of the film, which includes over thirty minutes of footage from the original shoot which has never been seen in any previous cut, and deleting all but a few seconds of the studio-dictated re-shot footage, was screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Mark Christopher has claimed that this version will be released on DVD and digitally some time in 2015.
Comedian Mike Myers' first dramatic role in a theatrical feature film, playing nightclub owner Steve Rubell.
Ryan Phillippe's character is based on Tieg Thomas, who worked at the legendary Studio 54 from 1977 to 1982.
In the end credits, Mike Myers' name appears next to a photo of Gilda Radner at Studio 54. When Myers was a boy, he played Radner's son in a Canadian television commercial, and both were cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975) (at different times).
The first film Mike Myers made in which he had no hand in writing.
The 2015 Director's Cut features a newly recorded voice-over by Ryan Phillippe.
Salma Hayek has confessed that she wished she hadn't made the film, as she felt her part was completely underwritten. She did concede that the film garnered her a lot of attention though.
The film's promotional "54" film title logo was set in the same font and design typeface as the actual Studio 54 logo.
Mark Christopher spent about five years writing and researching the disco era and Studio 54.
Though set in New York City, the majority of this film was actually shot in Toronto, Ontario in 1997. Principal photography for this movie was filmed during September, October and November 1997. Re-shoots of the picture were filmed in June 1998 only about two months before the film was due to launch in late August 1998. This additional photography was shot in New York City, and cast were not told the content of the scenes. The additional filming was conducted, due to the poor results from early test screenings. Ultimately, forty-five minutes of the original film was replaced with twenty-five minutes of new footage. The running time went from a two hour version to one around an hour and a half.
Mark Christopher turned in his original cut in early 1998. Studio reaction to this rough cut was very positive, but two preview screenings in Long Island, New York proved disastrous. Audiences complained that none of the characters were likable, and found much of the gay content uncomfortable. In particular, the kiss between Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer yielded a negative reaction, with viewers complaining that neither actor seemed comfortable in the scene. Miramax head Harvey Weinstein ordered extensive re-shoots to alter the plot, removing most references to Phillipe's character's bisexuality, expanding Neve Campbell's role as a love interest, and adding a new ending. Ultimately, the film didn't fare better with critics or audiences, and Christopher's original cut became something of a legend among film enthusiasts. Bootleg copies of the Director's Cut circulated for years, before an official announcement in 2015 of an official release.
Film debut of Heidi Klum.
This film was released in the same year as another disco movie, The Last Days of Disco (1998). Production of that film was accelerated in order to get it released before 54 (1998) which it beat to theaters by about three months.
The disco era covered in this movie spans from the summer of 1979 to 1981 while Studio 54 was run by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.
Dolph Lundgren was considered for the role of Greg Randazzo.
Mark Christopher was inspired by Cabaret (1972) and had it screened during production.
When Steve (Mike Myers) whispers into the interviewer's ear about how much the club makes a night, he can be faintly heard saying, "750 Thousand Dollars."
Film debut of Sheryl Crow.
Film debut of Michael Pitt.
The original production shoot for this movie ran for about two months. Re-shoots ran for two weeks, and were held about six to seven months later.
The Warhol painting in Steve's bedroom is Sela Ward.
Debut theatrical feature film of Director Mark Christopher.
Disco Dottie is based on Sally Lippman Born in 1900, Sally Lippman earned her "Disco Sally" moniker through the crazy dance moves she brought to Studio 54 during her widowhood.The grand-matriarch of nightlife, known for her wild dancing even at an advanced age, was the ultimate club kid.
Production studio Miramax developed a partial screenplay in 1995, and acquired the rights to this movie in 1997.
Justin Bartha appears unbilled as a clubgoer.
James Marsden was considered for the role of Shane O'Shea.
The movie was filmed in the actual Studio 54 on West 54th Street in Manhattan, N.Y. which was the original home of CBS Studios in New York City where The Ed Sullivan Show was filmed half the time. The studio is connected to the Ed Sullivan Theatre on Broadway where half the time Sullivan's Show was filmed, live. Beebe Stanley of " Beebe's Hollywood Bears" performed twice live in the 1950's and 1960's on the Ed Sullivan Show in both theaters and is the uncle of actress Arlene Fontaine who appeared as an extra in this movie. The Studio 54 club was also the filming location for United Artists 1957 movie " Sweet Smell Of Success" when the club was the original CBS Studios.
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
Due to the heavy-handed post-production influence of Harvey Weinstein, this film appears on a 2017 list in The Telegraph entitled "Harvey Scissorhands: 6 films ruined by Harvey Weinstein."
Film debut of Crystal Rose.
Second of four pairings between Mike Myers and Michael York, the others bring the Austin's Powers movies
The film was released just two weeks after the talk show Home & Family (1996) ended its run after 2 years.