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The Last Detail -- Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

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Writers:
Robert Towne (screenplay)
Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What's "The Last Detail"? 300 beers and a barrel of laughs! (re-release) See more »
Plot:
Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Week In The Life Of Two Lifers See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Buddusky
Otis Young ... Mulhall

Randy Quaid ... Meadows

Clifton James ... M.A.A.

Carol Kane ... Young Whore

Michael Moriarty ... Marine O.D.

Luana Anders ... Donna
Kathleen Miller ... Annette

Nancy Allen ... Nancy
Gerry Salsberg ... Henry
Don McGovern ... Bartender (as Don McGovern)
Pat Hamilton ... Madame
Michael Chapman ... Taxi Driver
Jim Henshaw ... Sweek

Derek McGrath ... Nichiren Shoshu Member

Gilda Radner ... Nichiren Shoshu Member
Jim Horn ... Nichiren Shoshu Member
John Castellano ... Nichiren Shoshu Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Ashby ... Bearded Man at Bar in Darts Scene (uncredited)
Gerald Ayres ... Skater at Ice Rink (uncredited)
Henry Calvert ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Peter Foldy ... Hippie at Train Station (uncredited)

Donald Warnock ... Combat Zone Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hal Ashby 
 
Writing credits
Robert Towne (screenplay)

Darryl Ponicsan (novel "The Last Detail")

Produced by
Gerald Ayres .... producer
Charles Mulvehill .... associate producer
Joel Chernoff .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones (film editor)
Ken Zemke (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Sylvia Fay (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Costume Design by
Theodore R. Parvin (costumes) (as Ted Parvin)
 
Makeup Department
Maureen Sweeney .... makeup
 
Production Management
Daniel McCauley .... unit production manager (as Dan McCauley)
Marvin Miller .... unit production manager
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit manager: New York (uncredited)
Larry Kostroff .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director (as Al Hopkins)
Wesley J. McAfee .... assistant director (as Wes McAfee)
Gordon Robinson .... second assistant director
Samuel C. Jephcott .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Dunkel .... scenic
Sidney H. Greenwood .... properties (as Sid Greenwood)
Benjamin Duffy .... laborer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... sound
Richard Portman .... re-recordist
Joe Kenworthy .... sound (uncredited)
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Karl Scherer .... sound mixer standby (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Beer .... generator operator (uncredited)
Anthony Bliss .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Michel Bénard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Falk .... electrician (uncredited)
Glen Goodchild .... second grip (uncredited)
David Kelly .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Charles Moore .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Reinhart .... grip (uncredited)
Tibor Sands .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert M. Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Canada (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Liggett .... costumes (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Barrere .... assistant film editor
Pieter Bergema .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Flanagan .... driver (uncredited)
Bob Holburn .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Kennedy .... driver (uncredited)
Wayne Thurston .... driver (uncredited)
Rick Young .... driver captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Nicholas Kudla III .... assistant to the producer (as Nicholas Kudla II)
Velda Reimer .... production secretary
Sheila Woodland .... production secretary
Bruce Bahrenburg .... publicist (uncredited)
Elinor Bolton .... script supervisor standby (uncredited)
Lillian Borden .... production secretary (uncredited)
Samuel C. Jephcott .... production assistant: Toronto (uncredited)
Fiona Mitchell .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:14A (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2002) | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re rating) (1988) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Jack Nicholson as SM1 Buddusky says "Marines are really assholes, you know that? It takes a certain kind of sadistic temperament to be a Marine." In the 1992 film A Few Good Men, Nicholson portrays Col. Nathan R. Jessup, USMC.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The MAA Master Chief is not wearing a Master-at-Arms rating badge, he is wearing a Boatswain mate rating badge. The Master At Arms rating was disestablished in 1921, but was officially re-established on 1 August 1973. Therefore, as the story takes place, a Master Chief Boatswain's Mate being assigned the collateral duty of MAA is entirely accurate.See more »
Quotes:
Mulhall:Tell you what, mister citizen bartender. You can take your beers and shove 'em up your ass sideways. Can you dig it?See more »
Soundtrack:
Anchors AweighSee more »

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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Week In The Life Of Two Lifers, 8 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

My absolutely favorite Jack Nicholson film has always and forever will be The Last Detail. I don't think he was ever better on the screen as William Baddusky of the United States Navy. I enjoyed his performance and the film itself on so many levels. Probably not surprising since the script was done by Robert Towne who would soon be teaming with Nicholson again for the critical and popular success Chinatown.

It's a simple story, not really any plot to the film. Two sailors, Jack Nicholson and Otis Young, both of them lifers in the Navy are stationed in Norfolk and get themselves an assignment to escort a prisoner to the Naval Stockade at Portsmouth. Of course with the per diem allowance for the two men and the prisoner and five days to travel in, Nicholson and Young are thinking of a mini-spree at government expense.

It comes to that and a lot more. the prisoner is newcomer Randy Quaid whose big crime is that he attempted to steal $40.00 from a charity collection box. For that he's getting eight years in military prison and a dishonorable discharge. A dishonorable discharge even today is not a good thing for one's resume.

As Nicholson and Young both remark, someone really stuck it to him. Let's face it what Quaid did in civilian life would probably be considered petty larceny and his jail time might be measured in days. Turned out it was the base commander's wife's favorite charity so it got stuck to him good. Sad because the indications we get is that Quaid was a troubled kid in civilian life and probably military service offered him a chance to straighten up and fly right.

It's done that for many others including Nicholson and Young who make it very clear even on this disagreeable detail they do like the Navy and like serving in it.

They've got five days to deliver Quaid to Portsmouth so the journey becomes quite the odyssey for the three of them up the Atlantic coast. The three men have a great chemistry between them, you get involved with their lives and really feel for young Quaid and his plight. Quaid gets shown a good time and maybe that's not such a good thing considering what he is facing.

The Last Detail is a nice realistic look at the military both its flaws and good points. A lot of similarity here in the issues raised to From Here to Eternity and if I mention The Last Detail in the same sentence favorably as From Here to Eternity, you know how good it must be.

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