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Director: Justin Kerrigan Release Year: 1999 Genres: comedy, drama Cast: John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Danny Dyer, Nicola Reynolds,
Dean Davies Runtime: 99 min Production Co: Fruit Salad Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them.
Director: Doug Liman Release Year: 1999 Genres: drama, comedy Cast: Desmond Askew, Taye Diggs, William Fichtner, J. E. Freeman, Katie Holmes,
Jane Krakowski Runtime: 103 min Production Co: Columbia Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.
Director: Lisa Cholodenko Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama Cast: Ally Sheedy, Radha Mithell, Patricia Clarkson, Tammy Grimes, Gabriel Man Runtime: 101 min Production Co: 391 Productions, Antidote Films, October Films Country: USA
Synopsis: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Director: Mark Christopher Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Sela Ward, Mike Myers, Breckin Meyer, Sherry Stringfield Runtime: 97 min Production Co: Miramax Inc. Country: USA
Synopsis: Mark Christopher wrote and directed this look back at the Disco Era when the popular Studio 54 was at its apogee in the late '70s. With obvious comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), the story introduces working-class 19-year-old Irish-American Shane O'Shea, who has lived with his father and siblings since the death of his mother when he was 12. Shane quickly rises from busboy to bartender at Studio 54, co-owned and managed in a paternal manner by entrepreneur Steve Rubell. Busboy Greg Randazzo and Greg's wife, Anita, the club's coat check girl, become Shane's new friends, and he encounters the possibility of romance with soap star Julie Black. The story spans the summer of 1979 until the decline of Studio 54 a year later with IRS investigations, followed by the arrest and jailing of Rubell. Costumes by Ellen Lutter capture the glitter and glam-glitz of the period.
Director: David Veloz Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama Cast: Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley, Maria Bello, Owen Wilson, Cheryl Ladd, Liz Torres Runtime: 78 min Production Co: Artisan Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola. For the TV series "Mr. Chompers" (inspired by ALF), Stahl meets with sitcom exec Craig Ziffer and puppeteer Allen. For freaky freebasing, Stahl hangs with mumbler Nicky and druggie Gus.
Director: Anthony Drazan Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama Cast:Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright, Chazz Palminteri, Anna Paquin Runtime: 118 min Production Co: FilmColony, Storm Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Hurly-burly is an adaptation of David Rabe's well known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes who's personal lives threaten to veer into a catastrophe more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios.
Another Day in Paradise
Director: Larry Clark Release Year: 1998 Genres: crime, drama Cast: James Woods,
Natasha Gregson Wagner,
Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Hipp Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Chinese Bookie Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Bobbie is an addict and small-time thief. When one of his jobs goes bad, Mel is called in to patch him up. Mel offers him a chance at a bigger score. Over time, Mel and his girlfriend Sid become almost like parents to Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie, but this can't last.
Director: Karl T.
Hirsch Release Year: 1998 Genres: comedy Cast: Hyrum Patterson, Dana Millican, Karl T. Hirsch Runtime: 86 min Production Co: Aglet Productions, Two Birds Film Country: USA
Synopsis: A four-part chronicle of Phoenix young adults, trying to figure out what the hell went wrong while tripping on bad acid.
Cristofer Release Year: 1998 Genres: drama Cast:Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Michael Cole, Travis
Kylie, Faye Dunaway, Louis
Giambalvo Runtime: 119 min Production Co: HBO Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: When Gia Carangi first arrives in New York City, she's a beautiful drop-out from Philadelphia brashly bursting through the closed doors of top modeling agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia's electrifying personality and potent sexuality soon find their way onto the covers of America's top-selling magazines. But being loved by the world isn't the same as being love by one - an unfulfilled desire that can take Gia dangerous places. And for a beautiful woman, one slip could lead to a terrifying fall.
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama Cast:Tim Roth, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Charles Fleischer, Howard
Hesseman, James Pickens Jr. Runtime: 87 min Production Co: Universal Country: USA
Synopsis: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.
Director: Andy Wilson Release Year: 1997 Genres: action, crime Cast:David Duchovny, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Hutton, Tracey Walter, Pavel D. Lychnikoff Runtime: 94 min Production Co: Beacon Communications, Club Pictures, Touchstone Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama, biography Cast:Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzmavn, William H. Macy Runtime: 155 min Production Co: New Line Cinema Country: USA
Synopsis: Eddie Adams would have been just another high-school drop-out had he not met the likes of adult film director Rick Horner. Horner transforms Eddie into Dirk Diggler, a rising-star actor with a special gift. Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the film is a tribute to the decor, style, culture, and social attitudes of the era.
Director: Gregg Araki Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama Cast: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Chiara Mastroianni, Debi Mazar, Kathleen Robertson, Joshua Gibran Mayweather, Jordan Ladd, Christina Applegate, Sarah Lassez Runtime: 82 min Production Co: Blurco, Desperate Pictures Country: USA, France
Synopsis: A group of teenagers try to sort out their lives and emotions while bizarre experiences happen to each one, including alien abductions, bad acid trips, bisexual experiences, suicides, bizarre deaths, and a rape by a TV star. All of this happens before "the greatest party of the year".
Director: Abel Ferrara Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama, thriller Cast: Matthew Modine, Dennis Hopper, Beatrice Dalle, Claudia Schiffer, Vincent Lamberti, Andy Fiscella Runtime: 95 min Production Co: Cipa, Les Films Number One Country: USA, France
Synopsis: Matty is a film star who is tired of Hollywood life and moves to Miami, where he makes a proposal to his girlfriend Annie. She is not ready to marry him, and it is revealed that she had an abortion. Depressed because he lost his baby (though it was him who initially asked for abortion), Matty, together with his friend Micky, go on a wild night, they meet a waitress also called Annie and in the end of the night Matty passes out. A year and a half later Matty lives in New York, leads a clean life visiting AA meetings and has a relationship with attractive blonde Susan. He is still obsessed with Annie and returns to Miami, where unexpected news about Annie 2 (the waitress) waits for him.
Nil by Mouth
Director: Gary Oldman Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama Cast: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse, Edna Dore, Chrissie Cotterill, Jon Morrison, Jamie Foreman, Steve Sweeney Runtime: 128 min Production Co: SE8 Group, EuropaCorp Country: UK, France
Synopsis: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family.
Director: Richard Sears Release Year: 1997 Genres: drama Cast: Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, Amy Locane, Brittany Murphy, Jack Black, Andy Dick, Jeremy Sisto, Jamie Kennedy Runtime: 97 min Production Co:Alliance Independent Films Country: USA
Synopsis: David is an aspiring artist and a pot dealer, and he falls in love with constantly smoking pot. Serena gets jealous and goes off to New York with heroin-addicted Tommy, and David wants her back.
Director: Danny Boyle Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama Cast:Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller,
Kevin McKidd, Robert
Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald, Peter Mullan, James Cosmo Runtime: 90 min Production Co: PolyGram Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them...
Based on the book: Irvine Welsh "Trainspotting"
Director: Julian Schnabel Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama, biography Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Claude La Marre Runtime: 107 min Production Co: Eleventh Street Production, Miramax Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama, crime Cast: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbaek, Slavko Labovic, Mads Mikkelson,
Peter Anderson Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Balboa Entertainment Country: Denmark
Synopsis: Frank is a small-time pusher who sells heroin together with his friend Tony. The heroin is supplied by an ex-Yugoslav dealer, Milo, and safely kept at his hooker girlfriend Vic's apartment. When a heroin deal goes wrong and Frank is busted by the police, he is released because of a lack of evidence, but only to find that he owes a very big debt to Milo who has given him two days to collect the money that will save him from a 9mm bullet.
God's Lonely Man
Director: Frank von Zerneck Jr. Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama Cast: Michael Wyle, Jamie Walters, Kyle Kelley, Justine Bateman, Kevin Haley, J.C. Quinn, Heather McComb, Rebecca Budig, Katie Wright, Wallace Langham Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Panorama Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: As each relentless night turns towards day, Ernest Rackman turns towards violence to escape thoughts of loneliness and suicide. Then he poses as a police officer and rescues a young girl from her parent's apartment, where she was forced into a compromising life. Having discharged his violence, he plans to move forward with this new relationship, but the demons of loneliness and despair still haunt him.
Amsterdam Wasted! /Naar de klote/
Director: Jan Kerkhof Release Year: 1996 Genres: drama Cast: Fem van der Elzen, Tygo Gernandt, Thom
Hoffman, Hugo Metsers, Afke Reijinga, Mike Libanon Runtime: 104 min Production Co: Country: The Netherland
Synopsis: Twentysomething innocents Jacqui and Martijn move to Amsterdam and immerse themselves in the intense and drug-laden underground club scene. Life turns out to be far more complicated, difficult, and dangerous than they bargained for. Their relationship is tested - repeatedly.
Kalvert Release Year: 1995 Genres: drama Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, Ernie Hudson,
Patrick McGaw, Mark Wahlberg, Roy Cooper, Vincent Pastore Runtime: 96 min Production Co: Island Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Jim Carroll is a high school basketball player. His life centers around the basketball, and his dream is being a basketball star. Once in a while he gets stoned with his friends, and step by step, he falls into the dark world of crime and drugs. Once his mother expelled him out of the house, he goes into the streets of New York, and together with his friends they take drugs for which they steal, rob and even kill. As the time pass, Jim's situation becomes worse. It looks like he will never get out from the his drug addiction.
Based on the book: Jim Carroll "The Basketball Diaries"
Director: Larry Clark Release Year: 1995 Genres: drama Cast: Justin Pierce, Chlo Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Sarah Henderson, Joseph Chan, Johnathan Staci Kim Runtime: 87 min Production Co: Miramax Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teen-agers in New York City. The story focuses on Telly, a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.
Director: Gary Winick Release Year: 1995 Genres: drama Cast: Michael Imperioli, Mira Sorvino, Joyce Phillips, Paul Calderon, Lisa Louise Langford, Sean Marquette Runtime: 86 min Production Co: Concrete Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time - enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for the family. Three years later, Angel is still dealing, and has not saved any money, instead spending it on crack. His addiction grows, straining his friendship and his family life, and he gradually loses control.
Director: Abel Ferrara Release Year: 1992 Genres: crime, drama Cast: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon,
Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows,
Frankie Thorn Runtime:
96 min Production Co: Bad Lt. Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: A police Lieutenant goes about his daily tasks of investigating homicides, but is more interested in pursuing his vices. He has accumulated a massive debt betting on baseball, and he keeps doubling to try to recover. His bookies are beginning to get agitated. The Lieutenant does copious amounts of drugs, cavorts with prostitutes, and uses his status to take advantage of teenage girls. While investigating a nun's rape, he begins to reflect on his lifestyle.
Director: Lili Fini Zanuck Release Year: 1991 Genres: drama Cast: Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott,
Max Perlich, Gregg Allman,
Tony Frank Runtime:
120 min Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Country: USA
Synopsis: Raynor is an undercover narcotics cop. For his next assignment he chooses the more inexperienced but tough and good-looking Kristen. Their ultimate target is Gaines, a renowned but very elusive drug dealer. While doing their work they unexpectedly fall into a morase of drug-addiction and fall in love with each other. Despite subjecting themselves to the life of low class, one track junkies they do not get the evidence they want to convict Gaines, and instead are forced into using false evidence in court.
London Kills Me
Director: Hanif Kureishi Release Year: 1991 Genres: drama, comedy Cast: Justin Chadwick, Steven Mackintosh, Brad Dourif, Eleanor David, Alun Armstrong Runtime: 103 min Production Co: Channel Four Films, Film Four International, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull out of London's drug world by taking a job as a waiter in a 'normal' restaurant. But to do this he must come up with a "sensible pair of shoes," an item that his homeless meanderings hasn't provided him. In fact, the shoes become a symbol of his striving to break away from those, like himself, who are caught up in the tragedy of drugs and lasciviousness which is so aptly described... sometimes graphically, always realistically... in this film.
Director:Oliver Stone Release Year: 1991 Genres: drama, biography Cast: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott, Michael Madsen, Josh Evans, Dennis Burkley, Billy Idol Runtime: 140 min Production Co: Bill Graham Films, Carolco Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals.