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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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Director:
Writers:
Robert Towne (screenplay)
Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
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Release Date:
15 February 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
3 Little Fish See more (119 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
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)

Steve Meek ... Bar patron (uncredited)
Donald Warnock ... Combat Zone Patron (uncredited)

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)
Wes McAfee .... assistant director
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
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R18+ | 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:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When the film failed at the box office, the studio re-released it, marketing it as a hilarious comedy with the tagline "What's 'The Last Detail'? 300 beers and a barrel of laughs!"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: About 50 minutes into the movie, the trio are walking by Gate 4 at the train station. One of the Marines they are about to fight is walking ahead of them. Moments later, the same Marine and several others are walking behind them.See more »
Quotes:
Mulhall:We'd better catch that train.
Buddusky:We still got time for a beer.
Mulhall:Now wait a minute, man...
Meadows:I ain't old enough.
Buddusky:Ain't old enough for what?
Meadows:For a beer.
Buddusky:Everybody's old enough for a beer. Ain't that right, Mule?
Mulhall:Yeah.
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Soundtrack:
Columbia, the Gem of the OceanSee more »

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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
3 Little Fish, 30 January 2005
Author: jlbbbone from Sausalito, California

I saw this movie when it was released and just watched it again, in its entirety, for the first time since. This means that I'm completely discounting the horribly butchered version I saw on Bravo (for shame!) a year or so ago. They didn't just bleep out the expletives as you would expect, whole scenes were cut, leaving the work so diluted I almost forgot why I had loved it. It was like Jaws without teeth!

Revisiting books, films or any work of art first experienced in youth can be very interesting, and I found that watching The Last Detail through my now (# unspecified!) year-old eyes was one of the many times something turned out to be even better the second time around. I guess that makes it a classic.

For those that don't know, this is the story of two career enlisted Navy men who are assigned the dreary detail of delivering a young seaman to prison in Portsmouth, NH, where he will serve an eight year sentence for attempting to swipe $40 from their commanding officer's wife's favorite charity box. It's obvious that poor Meadows, played by Randy Quaid, has been thrown to the dogs for his offense, receiving a dishonorable discharge from the service in addition to the excessive prison term, but this is the Navy and our boys must do as ordered. It's a sh*t detail, but it will take them out of their insulated and listless existence on base "in transition" - that is, waiting for assignment to sea duty - and they quickly formulate a plan to relieve themselves of their charge as fast as possible and spend the bulk of the allotted time and money remaining to party the way good sailors do, namely drinking and whoring.

Enter young Meadows, and the master plan takes on a life of its own as the seemingly hardened "Bad Ass" Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young) find themselves caught up in Naval-infused fraternity with the childlike Meadows. Resigned to his fate, the hapless swabbie's frustrating passivity is fuel to Baddusky's pugnacious nature, and Mulhall and Meadows are swept along with Chief Signalman Bad Ass on a journey of discovery. From teaching him how to get his hamburger served the way he likes it (with the cheese MELTED, thank you very much), to facilitating the loss of his virginity (Carol Kane is perfect as the young prostitute), this is really a "buddy" movie at its finest.

In the final frames, we watch the two lifers stroll out of the shot in lock-step, "Anchors Aweigh" piping, as they're off to reestablish themselves as individuals for a brief moment before returning to the shelter of their sacred family that is the US Navy.

There's nothing sappy about this film, don't get me wrong. There's a definite hard edge to it and life as a Naval enlisted man is not romanticized in any way. Visually, it's quite somber from our side of the screen, and the military music in the score is to music, as the military justice in the story is to justice. There are some fabulously funny moments, and of course, Nicholson kills in this part that no one could have played better. Otis Young is really good as the "cooler head" who doesn't want to get himself jammed up in any way but who is none the less down with showing Meadows a good time. It's Randy Quaid though, who impressed me most on this viewing. He played the ingenuous, candy bar-filching boy just right, and I'm afraid in retrospect that he got typecast as the big, goofy dumb guy as a result of his work in this picture.

I loved everything about this movie, wouldn't change a thing.

Oh, and just for the heck of it... here's a little movie/Navy trivia tidbit I found online when I looked up Portsmouth Naval Prison. I have no idea whether there's any truth to it or not, but when I came across it three different times, I decided to add it here. This is from "Humphrey Bogart: To Have and Have Not", by Daniel Bubbeo.

"...Bogart's long time friend, author Nathaniel Benchley, claims it is true that Bogart was injured while on assignment to take a naval prisoner to Portsmouth Naval Prison in New Hampshire. Supposedly, while changing trains in Boston, the handcuffed prisoner asked Bogart for a cigarette and while Bogart looked for a match, the prisoner raised his hands, smashed Bogart across the mouth with his cuffs, cutting Bogart's lip, and fled. Bogart used his .45 to drop the prisoner, who was eventually taken to Portsmouth. By the time Bogie was treated by a doctor, the scar that caused him to lisp had already formed."

Wow, huh? SO much better than say, getting hit in the mouth with a tennis racket or something.

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