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As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien's rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of "Cocaine Cowboys." -- (C) Official Site
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© Magnolia Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"This documentary film about the rise and fall of big nightclubs is a cautionary tale about the abuses of police power as well as a tale of two completely conflicting conservative political policies relating to the regulation of businesses."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"[VIDEO] You can't relive the heady days and nights of Manhattan's club scene, but you can soak up some of the flavor. You'll also get a crash course in the city's muscle of political corruption that seems to increase with every passing year."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Darkly fascinating documentary reveals the high price to be paid for providing and having fun in a pre-Disneyfied Big Apple."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Couldn't be more sympathetic to the much maligned Gatien."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Limelight joins an ever-growing movie and book library about the glory days of New York club life."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Limelight, like the club it's named after, doesn't do much to break the mold of sex-drugs-and-star****ers sameness afflicting this particular subgenre."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the family, you might be interested."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"An engaging story which includes corruption, murder, drugs, violence and the right to party."
‑ Clay Cane,
"lifts the entertaining veil of smoke and mirrors only to uncover an oligarchy turning the screws on an unknowing body politic"
‑ Christopher Null,
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