- 1 hr 33 min
54 is a 1998 American drama film starring Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, and Neve Campbell. Other notable cast members include Mike Myers, Sela Ward, and Breckin Meyer. This movie tells the story of the infamous and decadent Studio 54, a New York City nightclub that became notorious throughout the world during the late '70s. Studio 54 epitomized the party and drug culture of its era and was patronized by many celebrities. While 54 is based on factual events, the filmmakers have changed some of the details and chronology to better suit the film. Ryan Phillipe plays Shane O'Shea, a teenager drawn to the glamor and excitement of Studio 54. Julie Black (Neve Campbell), a soap opera star, is known to party at the club frequently. This further entices Shane to the nightclub, as he is attracted to Julie. Shane gets a job as a busboy in the club, and advances rapidly to become a bartender. He makes friends with busboy Greg Randazzo, and Greg's wife, Anita (Salma Hayek). Anita works as a coat-check girl in the club. Shane's initial interest in the nightclub scene quickly fades, as he begins to understand the shallow and ultimately self-destroying character of most of the clientele and management. Even his infatuation with Julie Black ends, as he realizes that her actual personality is not what he had expected. Eventually, he becomes disgusted and quits his job. Shortly thereafter, the club is raided due to the failure of the owner to pay taxes on his income. 54 was written and directed by Mark Christopher. It was produced by Miramax Films with a budget of $13 million and released in the United States on August 28, 1998. Filmed in color with Dolby Digital sound, 54 has a runtime of 93 minutes. The MPAA gave 54 a rating of “R” for strong sexuality, drug use, and language.