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Last Embrace (1979)

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Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Levene ...
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Andrew Duncan ...
Tour Guide (as Gary Getzman)
Lou Gilbert ...
Rabbi Jacobs
First Commuter
Second Commuter
Sandy McLeod ...
Dorothy Hannan


When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) has a breakdown and finds that his department doesn't want him back. Someone's trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there's something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin) who has managed to move into his New York apartment. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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The movie's director Jonathan Demme described the film as "a dark romance". See more »


Sam translates the Hebrew name "Zvi Migdal" as "big tower". While "migdal" does mean "tower", the word "zvi" means "deer". And it would more properly be called Migdal Zvi, not Zvi Migdal. See more »


Sam Urdell: This was the prime whorehouse of the East Side. A moment of reverence, please: fifty years ago, this was the very place I lost my cherry.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Music by Miklós Rózsa (as Miklos Rozsa)
Arranged by Joe Reisman
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Clever conspiracy thriller
18 April 2001 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I watched "Last Embrace" for the first time late last night, having recorded it off BBC1 over three (!) years ago.

It was worth the wait. Roy Scheider's character is a simmering, paranoid wreck who is haunted by guilt over his wife's recent and violent death. He feels that he is surplus to requirements in his job (a hitman)and begins to see his wife's brother (Charles Napier) as a deadly enemy. He is half right. A belltower scene blatantly stolen from "Vertigo" helps solve this particular problem but now Scheider has to face up to dark threats posed by a Hebraic note sent to him. And to complicate matters he falls in love with a young woman (the sexy, late Janet Margolin) with whom he is temporarily sharing his apartment.

Two strong and gutsy performances from the two leading characters maintain the suspense levels right to the dramatic climax.

Demme's best '70s effort (slightly shading it over "Fighting Mad" and "Citizen's Band" but miles better than his overrated debut, "Caged Heat")


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