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The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  13 December 1991 (USA)
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A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Hallenbeck
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Senator Baynard
Big Ray Walton


A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence and very strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Último Boy Scout  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)


$59,509,925 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to the all behind the scenes arguments and production problems, Warner Bros. brought in editor Stuart Baird to heavily re-edit the movie. For the same reasons, Baird also re-edited Tango & Cash (1989), another Warner Bros. movie which had even more problems during filming and post production. Some alternate scenes can be seen in the theatrical trailer; alternate angle for dialogue scene between Joe and Jimmy in car when they are driving towards Joe's house and alternate angle for other dialogue scene during the car chase where both of them and Darian are running from Milo and his henchmen. See more »


The senator's bodyguards shoot a single shot through the passenger window of the BMW, yet when it pulls into the parking space at the stadium and Jimmy gets out, you can see four bullet holes in the window. See more »


[first lines]
Locker Room Kid: Billy Cole. Billy Cole.
Head Coach: The first half stunk! Open the holes up! Get in there like hogs! Like pigs!
Locker Room Kid: Billy Cole. You got a call on line three.
Head Coach: Let's go out there in this half and kick some butt! Let's get out of this town as a winner! I hate Cleveland!
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Spoofs NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »


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Absolutely everything it was intended to be. Testosterone powered mayhem.
13 March 2005 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

The Last Boy Scout is without a doubt one of the greatest action movies ever made. There is nothing a good action film needs that isn't woven into Tony Scott's vision of Shane Black's screenplay. We have shootouts.... lots and lots of shootouts. We have Bruce Willis. We have football. We have some beautiful women at our disposal. There are some fast cars. There are drugs. And the profanity-laden dialog is so well-written that virtually the entire script can be read in the memorable quotes section of this site.

Our story, though completely preposterous, has some real depth. We have multi-dimensional characters and we are taken on quite a ride with them as the action unfolds. Bruce Willis plays a burned out private investigator who helps a disgraced former pro football player solve the murder of his girlfriend. Before our story ends, we have a dirty US senator, a greedy football team owner, and about a hundred seedy henchmen thrown into the mix. Things move so quickly that only towards the end does one of our characters actually speak a line that sums up how ridiculous it all is. Damon Wayans, who plays the former football star gives Willis some sobering insight. He points out that Willis must be one of the dumbest people alive. He is not only trying to save the life of the man who ruined his career, but also trying to avenge the death of the man who was f*#king his wife! But somehow, we the audience care about the outcome, and getting there couldn't be more fun.

The film has dated fairly well up to this point. Being as though it came out in 1991, you can still see a high top fade on a black character or two. The football uniforms have changed a little, too, but these are minor things that take nothing away from the enjoyment of the story. Water is still wet, the sky is still blue, and this is still one hell of a movie...and then some!!! This film scores a perfect 10 of 10 stars. It couldn't have been made any better.

So sayeth the Hound.

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