There was a lot of hype surrounding 54 when it was released. A lot of premature Oscar talk, and expectations of a hit. It flopped, and was eviscerated by the critics. It has a RT score of 15%. It was another victim of the Miramax/Weinstein Brothers tendency to meddle in the films that they bought, editing them into mediocrity. I'm glad to hear that the director got his original version released.
LawrenceA, there is no comparison between the release print and the director's cut
They are two very different films.
In the release print, a young actress who has a very small part in the original film (Neve Campbell), is promoted to a romance with the lead character, who is played by Ryan Phillippe.
I would not say that the original film is, as it has been claimed, TOO GAY, but the original film is devoted to capturing a state of mind that was consumed by EXCESS and masqueraded as FREEDOM.
Most notable, Phillippe's free-wheeling sexuality is given more play in the original version.
It's a shame, too, because the film could have made him a star.
The Weinstein Brothers are not to be forgiven for their butchery of this film.
Ryan attempts to seduce his good friend, Breckin Meyer -