Limelight 2011 NR CC

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Peter Gatien's Manhattan empire of legendary hotspots counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined an era in New York.

Starring:
50 Cent, Jay-Z
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Limelight

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Genres Documentary
Director Billy Corben
Starring 50 Cent, Jay-Z
Supporting actors Moby, Michael Alig, Ed Koch, Edgar Oliver, Peter Gatien, Sean Kirkham, Steve Lewis, Benjamin Brafman, Michael Caruso, Howard Safir, Frank Owen
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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All he wanted to do was bring a good party to the people where you would go & enjoy the music.
Sweet_Sunshine
For some reason these people seem to think that if they're interested in something then everyone else is interested in the same thing, or that they should be.
Mark Turner
This film serves as a reminder of the abuse of power and yet there is no recourse for those victim to the system.
lisamarie22

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 82JOSEPH on February 27, 2013
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Limelight Is a good "Movie / Documentary". Peter Gatien is brilliant, and Michael Alig is in this too. Michael Alig is also in "Party Monster- The Shockumentary" another must have Shockumentary. I hope they release this "Limelight" and Party Monster - The Shockumentary on Blu-ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xtina81 on January 7, 2013
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i got this for my bf who used to frequent limelight and loves to talk about the fun he had at the club. he loved this movie. it took him right back and he learned a lot too. great movie
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lisamarie22 on January 24, 2012
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The INJUSTICE system is how the feds should be known. This film serves as a reminder of the abuse of power and yet there is no recourse for those victim to the system. More films need to be made to make Americans know how the DEA and FBI operate and how if they want you get you, there will always be a cooperator willing to "help" them build a case, even when it makes no logical sense. Thank God for juries. LIMELIGHT is a compelling important film and fun walk down memory lane!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on August 22, 2012
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This is a documentary that's almost hard to watch. Here was a man who fulfilled the American dream. Peter Gatien was an immigrant from Canada who came here, worked 16 hour days, and duly became rich and famous. He was the King of New York clubs and The Limelight was his mainstay. Gatien also ran Palladium and Tunnel. This fame attracted the attention of the New York law enforcement so they decided to break him...and they did. First, they engaged in lawfare by forcing Gatien to bankrupt himself paying legal fees, and then, when all else failed they deported him out of the country. He's back in Canada now and I can't blame him if he never sets foot in the US again. The government hated this fellow and would not accept anything less than his destruction. The film--and what I've read about him in the days since I saw it--leaves me convinced of his innocence. The central premise, that a club owner is personally responsible for the behaviors of everyone at his venue, is totally absurd. The city wanted to be done with him and tried to paint him as a major drug dealer. He clearly wasn't and what we as a people need to do is take as much money away from the government as we can. The last thing we need is a huge state apparatus that can be used against us based on the personal likes and dislikes of a few functionaries. If this doesn't sell you on libertarianism, nothing will.
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What an embarrassment for the federal government, the State of New York, and the City of New York. Complete and total sham of a case and an injustice.

While I personally believe Peter Gatien was more interested in money, pop, high fashion, and catering to VIPs rather than really interested in the music itself (let alone electronic music) or the common club goer, to go after the owner of venues for illicit activity that usually quietly occurs on the premises and usually doesn't harm anyone, and further has no direct connection to that owner... well, it's immoral of the authorities.

In nearly every concert venue, lounge, and club I've been to, I've either seen drugs being done, asked if I had drugs, or asked if I wanted them. I have never indulged and never assumed the venue owners automatically had any connection to those activities. For what it's worth, I've also been asked or outright accused of being an undercover cop, which I was not, either.

What's oddly not fully explored in this documentary is the connection of certain lounges and club owners to Rudolf Giuliani who conveniently went unnoticed by narcotics investigations and who were never bothered with the enforcement of the historic anti-race-mixing No Dancing cabaret laws. I would have liked to have seen that hypocrisy explored. There was definite cronyism at work. I realize it's slightly apart from the laser-like narcotics enforcement Gatien experienced, but a relevant tangent, in my opinion.

The documentary might be a little slow-moving for some viewers not familiar with the subject matter. It's not the most stylish or extraordinary editing and 'reveals'. Don't expect The Thin Blue Line quality of workmanship.
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By Wadiczka on September 8, 2013
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I only wish that there could be more footage of Limelight from early 80-90's. There is great deal of info the author was able to put in the movie, though.
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As a social-drama documentary, I thought this was a good movie. But it was overdone on the clubbed-up visual effects as backdrops for simple talking interviews. And it is mostly one-sided sympathetic to the main subject, Peter Gatien, whose enterprise and character are subject to questions, to say the least.
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This was an extremely well made, well shot (the colored window gels, Robert Richardson hot lighting), the greenscreening, vfx and editing were near flawless. But, at times they overwhelmed the narrative. The film doesn't really take off until mid way through in which Gatiens legal persecution is well documented. Ultimately, it's a very good doc, but if you're really all about the rave/ ecstasy scene I recommend this film: Sex, Drugs, Design: The Starck Club Documentary FINAL CUT The scene going on there pre-dates the Limelight's MDMA peak by more than a decade....
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