The Last of the High Kings

The Last of the High Kings
Directed by David Keating
Produced by Gabriel Byrne
Paul Feldsher
Keith Northrop
Tim Palmer
Written by Ferdia MacAnna (novel)
Gabriel Byrne
David Keating
Starring Jared Leto
Christina Ricci
Catherine O'Hara
Gabriel Byrne
Colm Meaney
Stephen Rea
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography Bernd Heinl
Edited by Ray Lovejoy
Distributed by First Independent Films
Miramax Films
Release dates
22 November 1996
Language English

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.


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