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Limelight

Canadian nightclub impresario Peter Gatien owned and operated more than a half dozen dance clubs in the 1980s and '90s, though he was best known for the Limelight, a swank New York disco with counterparts in London, Atlanta, and Chicago (the latter housed in the River North mansion that's now Excalibur). As this documentary recounts, Gatien was also the target of a federal indictment alleging that he conspired to sell drugs at some of his New York clubs, though the case against him was so compromised by dodgy witnesses and questionable police work that a jury acquitted him of all charges in 1998. 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, showing how Rudy Giuliani's crusade to clean up the city managed to generate its own colossal mess. Billy Corben directed.

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