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Dennis Hopper: 1936 -2010
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Julie Adams ... Mrs. Anderson
Daniel Ades ... Thomas Mercado
Richmond L. Aguilar ... Gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)

John Alderman ... Jonathan

Michael Anderson Jr. ... Mayor's Son
Donna Baccala ... Miss Anderson
Charles Bail
Tom Baker ... Member of Billy's Gang

Toni Basil ... Rose
Poupée Bocar ... Nightclub Singer
Anna Lynn Brown ... Dance Hall Girl

Rod Cameron ... Pat Garrett
Bernard Casselman ... Doctor
Earl Clark
Manuel Concha
James Contrares ... Boom Man

Severn Darden ... Mayor
Louis Donelan ... Prop Man
Eddy Donno ... Stuntman (as Eddie Donno)

Roy Engel ... Harry Anderson
Warren Finnerty ... Banker

Peter Fonda ... Young Sheriff
Fritz Ford ... Citizen

Samuel Fuller ... Sam

Stella Garcia ... Maria

Don Gordon ... Neville Robey

Michael Greene ... Hired Gun
Patty Greene
Samya Greene ... Baby
William 'Billy' Grey ... Member of Billy's Gang (as William Grey)
Bennett Hassink ... Member of Billy's Gang
George Hill ... Key Grip

Dennis Hopper ... Kansas
Al Hopson ... Sheriff

Henry Jaglom ... Minister's Son
Gray Johnson ... Stuntman
Clint Kimbrough ... Minister

Kris Kristofferson ... Minstrel Wrangler

John Phillip Law ... Little Brother

Ted Markland ... Big Brother
Victor Maymudes ... Member of Billy's Gang
Cynthia MacAdams ... Dance Hall Girl (as Cynthia McAdams)

Sylvia Miles ... Script Clerk

Tomas Milian ... Priest

James Mitchum ... Art (as Jim Mitchum)
Tom Monroe ... Citizen
Jorge Montoro ... Jorge
Owen Orr ... Hired Gun

Michelle Phillips ... Banker's Daughter

Robert Rothwell ... Citizen
Richard Rust ... Pisco
Peter Sorel
Toni Stern ... Dance Hall Girl
John Stevens ... Cameraman
Dennis Stock ... Still Man

Dean Stockwell ... Billy the Kid

Russ Tamblyn ... Member of Billy's Gang

Allan Warnick ... Assistant Director
John Buck Wilkin ... Minstrel Wrangler

Directed by
Dennis Hopper 
Writing credits
Dennis Hopper (story) and
Stewart Stern (story)

Stewart Stern (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Gruskoff .... executive producer
David Hopper .... associate producer
Paul Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Severn Darden 
Chabuca Granda 
Kris Kristofferson 
John Buck Wilkin 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
David Berlatsky 
Antranig Mahakian 
Dennis Hopper (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen  (as Leon Erickson)
Set Decoration by
Peter Cornberg 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Lewis .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent M. Cresciman .... assistant director (as Vincent Cresciman)
Art Department
Arturo Sinclair .... set designer
Sound Department
Le Roy Robbins .... sound mixer
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects (as Milton Rice)
Charles Bail .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Fritz Ford .... stunts (uncredited)
Gray Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (uncredited)
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pedro Novak .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Alpert .... wardrobe (as Gerald Alpert)
Editorial Department
Todd Colombo .... post-production associate
David Hopper .... post-production associate
Rol Murrow .... post-production associate
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... consulting editor (uncredited)
Music Department
The Villagers of Chinchero Peru .... music
Other crew
Daniel Camino .... peruvian coordinator
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... version editor
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Diana Schwab .... production assistant
Meryle Selinger .... production assistant (as Meryle Seliner)

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One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.See more »
Kansas:You cold?
Maria:Um, my feet are cold.
Kansas:(reaches under her skirt) Hey, hey, I know something that's hot and, uh, heh, heh. Yes, sir!
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the rabid, passionate and pretentious insides of Dennis Hopper '71, 13 July 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

A little credit is due (I guess): Dennis Hopper made it huge with Easy Rider, took his momentary carte blanche and made, for all intents and purposes, a movie he wanted to make. No holds barred is putting it lightly. It's like Hopper stumbled over the bars while on acid and just let the natives come around and stomp on it till the term 'hold' was soaked in alcohol and set on fire. It's cinematic anarchy that reigns with a sword of originality and hubris, and it's always coming right from Hopper's soul. The Last Movie, this said, is not a very 'good' movie. I'm not even sure it's "anything" of value. But it's surely one of those must-see "personal" movies all the same. For any film buff it's simply stunning - and I don't mean that fully as a compliment.

In a way I feel sorry for this production. Hopper did have a script, somewhere, and even had a writer with him as well, Stewart Stern, and the opening 25 minutes of the film is fractured but feels contained in its "meta-movie"-ness. It seems actually clear enough to follow: a film crew is in Peru filming a movie, a western, directed by none other than Samuel Fuller, and there's lots of intensity on the set and, at other times, weird vibrations in the off-hours. Hopper is a stuntman who works on the production, but once it ends he sticks around, and sees the Peruvians re-enacting the film that has just been made, only with "equipment" made of sticks and stones and other things. So far, so good, more or less, and, again, Samuel Fuller directing a movie in a movie! It can't get much cooler than this can it?

As it turns out, there is even more story and scenes that make sense, such as the romance (or lack thereof) between Hopper's Kansas cowboy and a Peruvian woman, Maria. These scenes, along with the rough seduction of Kansas to another woman who happens to wear a mink coat, rang true past the weird intentions of the film-making and into the personal for sure. Hopper in real life shouldn't matter in the course of the movie itself, but it is so self-reflexive on the end of making the meta-movie that it spills over into his real life with women (when you see it you'll understand). That, plus an allegorical storyline involving a foolish and failed attempt to go gold mining, seem to at least add emotional grounding for chunks of the picture.

And then, other times... it's just drivel, repetitive movements and rhythms and sudden things like "Scene Missing" cards. The problem that Hopper didn't see while editing, not while hopped up (no pun intended) on enough drugs to run a mega-pharmacy on the moon, is that the meta-movie qualities and his flourishes and mad jump cuts and time reversals and non-linear-ness don't always serve in favor of the actual story. There are certain moments and scenes that stand out wonderfully, and are even filmed and edited with scary precision and capturing the beauty of Peru (oh, and the opening gunfight as part of the movie-in-movie is amazing). Other times, it's just tricks and things, devices and obstacles that just add dead weight to the running time. It's non denying it's art, but is it always interesting? No. Sometimes, it just sticks out way too much as being "important" art, forced when at other times it could be natural and fitting for the already strange premise.

It's basically this: a very talented filmmaker (and for all of his ups and downs in his career, more downs than ups, not least of which the stigma that followed Hopper after he made this movie and didn't direct another for nine years) and an unlikely and electrifying actor, got loaded with all of the praise that someone like him didn't need, already cooking with loads of free-loader friends sticking too many hands in the creative pot, and, in the end, got in the way of himself. A lot of The Last Movie burns with raw energy and crude dramatic thrills. And the rest of the time, it just looks like it needed an editor, ONE editor that was sober to go along with the one other sober cadet on the production, the late-great Laszlo Kovacs as DoP. Alejandro Jodorowsky might be a kind of genius, but an editor for someone else's project he definitely isn't.

So should you see it? If it's available (it's hard to find) and you're willing (maybe do a coin toss) and you aren't expecting a John Ford movie (please don't), give it a shot. It's not an easy movie to defend, and I probably can't on a reasonable level. But as a personal statement of an artist on the edge, you could do worse (i.e. Southland Tales, the only thing that comes closest in ambition and faulty technique).

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