4:44 Last Day on Earth

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4:44 Last Day on Earth
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Theatrical film poster
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain
Pablo Larrain
Peter Danner
Brahim Chioua
Vincent Maraval[1]
Written by Abel Ferrara[1]
Starring Willem Dafoe
Shanyn Leigh[1]
Music by Francis Kuipers[1]
Cinematography Ken Kelsch[1]
Edited by Anthony Redman[1]
Funny Balloons
Wild Bunch
Bullet Pictures
Off Hollywood Pictures[1]
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06) (Venice)
  • March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,801[2]

4:44 Last Day on Earth is a 2011 American apocalyptic drama written and directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Hipp.


Set in New York City, the film focuses on the relationship between two people as they await the end of all life on Earth. Scientists and theologians alike have predicted that by the next morning at 4:44 a.m. Eastern Standard Time deadly solar and cosmic radiation will destroy the Earth's protective ozone layer, and along with it, all life on the planet. Mixed in throughout the film are news clips of various reporters, commentators and celebrities who contemplate what the end of the world will be like.

Cisco and Skye confine themselves to a loft in the city. Cisco is a successful middle-aged actor who just wants to spend his last hours with the woman he cares about, Skye. Skye is a young artist whose latest project, a large painting on the floor, serves as an outlet for her emotions.

Cisco and Skye notice how strangely calm the city is, aside from isolated reports of looting, protests and suicides. They occasionally break away from viewing the news to have sex, and, afterwards, Skye continues to work on her painting, always changing her clothes for each new layer of paint she adds.

They order Vietnamese food and give all of their money to the delivery boy. They allow him to use their laptop computer to talk with his parents in Vietnam. After the delivery boy leaves, Cisco and Skye each use the computer to talk with their families: Cisco talks with his ex-wife and his estranged teenage daughter, and Skye talks with her mother.

When the pair have an argument over their insecurities, Cisco walks out and goes to the apartment of two old friends, Noah and Tina, who are taking drugs in the company of a local drug dealer. After a long talk about life and being with the people they love, Cisco leaves to rejoin Skye at the loft, where they wait until 4:44 a.m. They die in each other's embrace, as Skye is reciting marriage vows.



Ferrara began shooting the film in April 2011 with his longtime cinematographer Ken Kelsch. 4:44 is Willem Dafoe's third collaboration with Ferrara after 1998's New Rose Hotel and his last feature film, 2007's Go Go Tales. During Montclair State University's film forum event in February 2011, Ferrara revealed that Ethan Hawke was slated to star originally. The film was shot in one location, an apartment, set during the course of the last 24 hours before the biblical apocalypse.[citation needed]


The film showed in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011.[3] It had a limited theatrical release on 25 March 2012.


The film garnered a generally mixed reaction from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 50% of critics gave it positive reviews and review aggregator MetaCritic gave it a 54/100.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Chang, Justin (September 7, 2011). "Venice: 4:44 Last Day on Earth". (review) Variety. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ 4:44 Last Day on Earth at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "4:44 Last Day on Earth - Abel Ferrara". 68th Venice International Film Festival / Venezia 68. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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