GenreComedy, Drama Running time1h 43m Costume designMary Zophres LanguageEnglish
WriterFerdia MacAnna, Gabriel Byrne, David Keating Release date22 November 1996 CastCatherine O'Hara (Cathleen), Jared Leto (Frankie Griffin), Christina Ricci (Erin), Gabriel Byrne (Jack Griffin), Stephen Rea (Cab Driver), Colm Meaney (Jim Davern) Similar moviesStephen Rea appears in The Last of the High Kings and Kisses
TaglineWhen school ends... and life begins.
The last of the high kings 1996 scenes
The Last of the High Kings, also released under the title Summer Fling in some countries, is a 1996 coming of age comedy-drama film set in Howth, Dublin, Ireland in the 1970s where the teenagers of the story are dealing with the birth of punk, the death of Elvis Presley and the various dramas of their teens. The lead role of Frankie Griffin is played by Jared Leto. Christina Ricci also stars as an American visiting for the summer. The film is based on the eponymous book by Ferdia Mac Anna.
It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie (Leto), caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family.
Jared Leto as Frankie Griffin, a teen coping with his age and bizarre family
Catherine O'Hara as Cathleen, Frankie's extroverted mother
Gabriel Byrne as Jack, Frankie's father
Christina Ricci as Erin, a visiting American family friend