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Limelight (2011)

Moby , Ed Koch , Billy Corben  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Moby, Ed Koch
  • Directors: Billy Corben
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X7HA9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1990s New York City club scene. The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure-spearheaded by Mayor Giuliani's determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-'90s-led to Gatien's eventual deportation to Canada and to the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Limelight (DVD) 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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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! January 7, 2013
By xtina81
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be a libertarian after seeing this August 22, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars great movie 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good social-drama documentary June 22, 2013
By GskFn
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Production Values but a bit flat! April 21, 2013
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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By C. Clay
It's films like these that make me sad to be an American. With each passing day, our freedom is eroded. As pointed out clearly in this documentary film, the government has unlimited time and unlimited resources. They can, and will take down anyone they want. In this case, it was Canadian born Peter Gatien, owner/operator of several NYC nightclubs.

One might construe the statement above to indicate I support tax evasion, law-breaking and illegal drug sales. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. But taking away / shutting down nightclubs will not eliminate nor fix the drug problem in America - case in point, watch: Weeds: Season Eight.

While most people have heard of the smashing success of Studio 54 (Studio 54: The Legend), Peter Gatien's empire included not 1, but 4 clubs, including the infamous Limelight, housed in a former church and the club for which the film is titled (and focused). His business model was to offer citizens a place to dance and party and have a good time - much the same way every nightlife institution does - the same reason people go to NYC, Las Vegas, Miami - or any bar/dance club in any town or city in the world.

"Limelight" tells the story of just one outlet for the people shuttered by the unending government assault on a man, and his business. Trust me, if he was Donald Trump, he would have emerged from this with wealth and with his family living in the USA. But, he wasn't. In the past decade, changes in society, law, insurance regulations (just to name a few) have all but eliminated the mega nightclub in America.
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