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The Last Movie (1971)

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local ... See full summary »



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Mrs. Anderson
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Gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
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Donna Baccala ...
Miss Anderson
Charles Bail
Tom Baker ...
Member of Billy's Gang
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Nightclub Singer
Anna Lynn Brown ...
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Bernard Casselman ...
Earl Clark
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A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are interrupted when the local priest asks him to help stop the villagers killing each other by re-enacting scenes from the film for real because they don't understand movie fakery... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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21 October 1988 (Japan)  »

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Dennis Hopper conceived the film in the mid-1960s, and wanted Montgomery Clift to play Kansas. Clift died before production began, and Hopper cast himself in the role, prompting BBS Productions to drop the project. See more »


Mrs. Anderson: You know, I had fantasies like that, about being beat up. Did you ever have a fantasy about women beating you up? Or don't cowboys have fantasies?
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Crazy Credits

There is nearly a full fifteen minute gap in between the first title card, "A FILM BY DENNIS HOPPER" and the other title card, "THE LAST MOVIE". See more »


Me and Bobby McGee
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Performed by Kris Kristofferson
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15 April 2001 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

The Last Movie would have been much better if Dennis Hopper hadn't let his hippie friends in the editing room. If the scenes where rearranged in a chronological order rather than being non-linear as it is, it would have stood a chance. However, the late 60's/early 70's (which many critics consider a "golden era" in filmmaking) was a time of experimentation, so if Hopper wanted to be self-indulgent he was in the right time at the right place. This is one title that begs to be recut. I would suggest a DVD with the original cut on one side and a new directors cut on the other. It would be fascinating to hear Hopper's audio commentary for further insights into where his mind was at the time (if he is capable of remembering, that is). By the way, this movie won first prize at the Venice Film Festival, so it wasn't the total failure (artisticly) that many critics have tried to make it out to be. I personally like it. The only other non-linear film I can think of from that era is HEAD(1968) which was far more succesful in terms of structure, or rather, non-structure. Had these films been commercially successful they might have revolutionized filmmaking, or at least spawned a non-linear film genre.

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