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Last Night (1998)



Critic Consensus: An engrossing, poignant film, Last Night examines the end of the world through humorous and thought-provoking dialogue.

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LAST NIGHT is a bittersweet, emotional and wry drama about how people choose to spend their final hours before an impending apocalypse. Spending the end with loved ones, private contemplation, having sex, or partying? Director Don McKellar explores the human element, exploring the ideas of living life until the end and having the characters come to terms with their lives and themselves.

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Don McKellar
as Patrick Wheeler
Callum Keith Rennie
as Craig Zwiller
Sandra Oh
as Sandra
Sarah Polley
as Jennifer Wheeler
Geneviève Bujold
as Mrs. Carlton
Roberta Maxwell
as Mrs. Wheeler
Robin Gammell
as Mr. Wheeler
Robin Gammel
as Mr. Wheeler
Trent McMullen
as Alex, Jennifer's Boyfriend
Jackie Burroughs
as The Runner
Charmion King
as Grandmother
Arsinée Khanjian
as Streetcar Mother
Chandra Muszka
as Streetcar Daughter
Brian Renfro
as Angry Driver
François Girard
as Wild Guy No. 1
Daniel Iron
as Wild Guy No. 2
Bruce McDonald
as Wild Guy No. 3
Pierre Elrick
as Cousin Ernie
Kirsten Johnson
as Reveller No. 1
Regan Moore
as Reveller No. 2
Darren O'Donnell
as Reveller No. 3
Bob Martin
as TV Newscaster
Nathalie Shats
as Marty's Girlfriend
Tom McCamus
as Radio DJ
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Critic Reviews for Last Night

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12)

For all its wry humor, it concludes as a heart-piercing affirmation of life and love in the face of death.

February 21, 2004

McKellar is a good storyteller, and he demonstrates a clever -- albeit dark -- sense of humor. But much of it goes for naught because of the movie's sterile patina.

November 6, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Last Night succeeds where so many other films have failed because it concentrates on the element that its predecessors have ignored: the human factor.

August 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

McKellar's only mistake was to craft the niggling central role of Patrick, and then play it himself.

March 5, 2002 | Full Review…

Bare-bones filmmaking, Last Night is nothing special to look at, but it has a witty, trenchant script, lots of complicated characters, and a few actors who turn human frailty into something nearly sublime.

January 1, 2000

As the final hour approaches for the characters in Last Night, there are moments of startling poignancy.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Night

With great casting choices, and a premise that is shown in a way that no other film has shown before, "Last Night" shows why Canadian films have so much more heart than Hollywood pictures in this day and age. In this film, we follow numerous families as they are preparing for the end of the world, and even though it is kind of perfectly set up and there is no real anarchy going on in the streets, you can relate to every character and the end just may have you in tears. It is a very low-budget film with an engaging script. The cinematography was very simple, but extremely effective, and what really made the film a great one to watch, was the average atmosphere that is not too over-the-top as rich people are just killed off first. This is a very subtle film. It may not have the right feel in some portions of the film, and you can definitely tell when something has been staged, but I really really enjoyed this film! Definitely recommended!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


"It's your last night on earth. Go out in style." A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

"Last Night" is a fascinating little film by writer/director Don McKellar. Dry-witted illusions and startling visuals open the film. It soon becomes clear that the world and it's inhabitants have only six hours remaining. The film follows how several residents of the Toronto area fill those final hours. It's never clearly stated exactly what has caused the world's condition, nor is that an important part of the story here. The main focus of the film are the characters, such as Patrick Wheeler (played by McKellar) who is a terribly lonely guy who struggles to even see his family for one last time. He wishes to end it all alone, which seems to be how he lived. Then there's his friend Craig, who is using a variety of untried sexual practices as a means to connect with someone. Isolation and loneliness are the central themes to the film. It's a recognizable representation of what the filmmaker feels would be most noticeable trait about people if all of our lives were suddenly stopped. Surprisingly, the film never becomes depressing, even as it touches on so many serious topics, including assisted suicide, but instead becomes an expression of "what if" and therefore is exceptionally thought-provoking. In fact it's a rather uplifting tale.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


At first I was totally underwhelmed, but this turned out to be a pretty good movie. It's basically about how a few different people choose to spend their last six hours on earth, which is about to come to an end due to some unnamed catastrophe. Interesting premise, interesting movie.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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