54 (movie)

1998 film directed by Mark Christopher

54 is a 1998 American drama movie. It was distributed by Miramax Films. The movie was shot several times before release in August 1998.[3] 54 had negative reviews when it was released. The movie's box office was close to $16.8 million, making the movie a moderate success.[3]

Directed byMark Christopher
Written byMark Christopher
Produced by
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Edited byLee Percy
Music byMarco Beltrami
  • Dollface
  • FilmColony
  • Redeemable Features
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • August 28, 1998 (1998-08-28) (United States)
Running time
  • 93 minutes (Theatrical cut)
  • 100 (Extended cut)
  • 105 minutes (Director's cut)
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million[1]
Box office$16.8 million[2]

The movie is set in summer 1979 and the years after. It is about conservatism, illegal drugs, bisexuality, HIV/AIDS and party scenes in New Jersey and nearby New York City. The Studio 54 club is the main party focus during this movie.

In 1986, Studio 54 closes permanently. This happens when Steve went to prison for drug-related crimes.

Critical reception


On Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has an approval rating of 15%–based on 67 reviews–and an average rating of 4.10/10. The website says "Robbed of its integral LGBTQ themes, 54 is a compromised and disjointed glance at the glory days of disco".[4] Audiences on CinemaScore gave this movie an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

The 1998 movie was nominated for two Razzie Awards. Those included Worst Actor for Ryan Phillippe and Worst Supporting Actress for Ellen Albertini Dow.[6] Neve Campbell was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress (also for Wild Things) at the 1998 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards.[7]


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  2. "54". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "How the Film '54' Went from a Disaster to Gay Cult Classic". The Indie Wire. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  4. "54 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. "Home - Cinemascore". Cinemascore. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  6. Wilson, John (September 3, 2007). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywoods Worst. Hachette UK. ISBN 978-0446510080. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. "Past Winners Database". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 3 January 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2021.