The Last of the High Kings (1998)





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This witty and touching coming-of-age saga is set in Ireland and follows the tentative attempts of 17-year-old Frankie to have his first sexual experience. He is also concerned about passing the upcoming school exams and convincing his friends that holding an American-style beach-blanket party is a good idea.
R (For sexuality, brief language, and some drug use)
Comedy , Drama
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Catherine O'Hara
as Cathleen
Jared Leto
as Frankie Griffin
Gabriel Byrne
as Jack Griffin
Colm Meaney
as Jim Davern
Lorraine Pilkington
as Jayne Wayne
Jason Barry
as Nelson Fitzgerald
Karl Hayden
as Hopper Delaney
Emily Mortimer
as Romy Thomas
Ciaran Fitzgerald
as Noelie Griffin
Stephen Rea
as Cab Driver
Darren Monks
as Davy Dudley
Renee Weldon
as Maggie Griffin
Peter Keating
as Ray Griffin
Alexandra Haughey
as Dawn Griffin
Amanda Shun
as Rainbow
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December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Last of the High Kings


★★1/2 (out of four) Based on the novel "The Last of the High Kings" by Ferdia Mac Anna, the film is nicely done, but lacks a clear identity. It offers some nice performances, but never really catches enough fire to sustain it. Set in Dublin, the year is 1977 and Elvis Presley has just died. 17 year old Frankie, played by Jared Leto, is this mourning the death of his idol and the fact that he is still a virgin. He decides to throw a huge end of summer party. He especially invites the two girls he hopes will end his innocence. The script was co-written by Gabriel Byrne and it does give some fun moments, but just not enough. Leto and Chrsitina Ricci do a fine joba dn catherine O'Hara is a standout, however. It's U.S. release was renamed "Summer Fling". [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Like [What's Eating Gilbert Grape] but a lot lighter, a cute, bitter-sweet story about how a coming of age boy taking off his life, in addition to its Irish background. The fabulous Catherine O'Hara with the very young Jared Leto, Emily Mortimer, Christina Ricci.


Not the greatest movie, but all the cute little things Jared Leto does makes up for it and makes it all worth watching.

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