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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:
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:
Real Sailors, Warts and All See more (107 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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: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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Feature film debut of Gilda Radner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Meadows is in the office waiting to leave for prison, the camera is focused on his shoes, which are all scuffed, but in later scenes his shoes are shined.See more »
Quotes:
Meadows:[looking at porn] Are they really doing that when they take that picture?
Buddusky:[pause] Well kid, there's more things in this life than you can possibly imagine. I knew a whore once in Wilmington. She had a glass eye... used to take it out and wink people off for a dollar.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Completely Cuckoo (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nothin' Ever Stays The SameSee more »

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92 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Real Sailors, Warts and All, 29 May 2005
Author: thelist-2 (thelist@spiderstumbled.com) from United States

Ever since 9/11, you hear a lot of fluff in the press about our "heroes" in the armed services. Typically they are portrayed as wide-eyed, short hair enthusiasm and commitment machines. It's a nice image, but the real version is much more human, much more interesting and much more likable.

I was a naval officer for seven years. The best part of my service was the wonderful opportunity to get to know the many men and women who make up the enlisted ranks of our armed services. They tend to be from the rural towns of the south and Midwest or the inner city ghettos. Most of them were average students with limited financial prospects. The ones who succeed in the ranks enough to stay for 20 years do so because the Navy is the first place where they belong. And because they enjoy the job. They get good at it and they believe that what they are doing is much more rewarding and challenging than their friends back home.

They also love to party. To drink and to chase skirts and raise hell. They feel entitled to and they are almost always out for a good time without hurting anyone. They also love to mentor the younger sailors to show them how to survive and how to enjoy the time in.

The details of this movie are wonderful. The dreary time in transit, ironing uniforms and staring at the walls. Wanting to be at sea, something that few people can imagine until they've done it. The thrill of a few days per diem to blow in bars. The resignation of being a lifer and above all the nature of Navy friendships.

Jack Nicholson's character and Otis Young's are not natural friends. They probably wouldn't have time for one another in any other line of work, but having the shared experience of being First Class Petty Officers at the same base is enough for them to be comfortable with one another and to enjoy each other's company. They also both take to the young kid and they both know how to treat him because they've been doing it for so long.

I can't tell you how real these characters were to me. I can's say "Oh Jack reminds me of GSM1 So-and-so and Otis reminds me of QM1 Whatshisname". IT's too real for that. They both remind me of many, many people I had the good fortune to work with.

And they are flawed. They lack the guts to spare Randy Quad from this injustice. They don't even stick together on the way back to Norfolk, probably because they know they did something less than wonderful to the young man. They are indoctrinated but not inhuman.

I also enjoyed seeing shades of Jack's work in "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest". Bad-ass is kind of a rough draft of his McMuphy. This is Jack at his finest.

Randy Quaid's performance made me feel a little bit sad. Not just for the character, but for the actor. He had so much talent back then and somehow he got pigeon holed playing big dopes. He certainly has as much talent as his younger brother but not the leading man looks. I don't think I'll ever see him in the Vaction movies without cringing. He should have become so much more. (Of course his other work is entertaining but it's never touching or through provoking as it is here.) And Otis Young was terrific too. I'm not sure why he never got more good roles, but this is something to be proud of.

In short, this is the most realistic navy movie I've ever seen. If you're thinking about enlisting, or if a loved one is, this is not a bad way to see what the navy does to a man-good and bad. And it's funny that they do this without ever setting foot on a vessel.

I want to find the poster and hang it on my walls next to my commission.

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