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The Last Word (1995)

A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction ... See full summary »

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A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction really go together? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Lies pay. Sex sells. Money talks. How far would you go for...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexuality and some violent images | See all certifications »
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27 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Cosa Nostra: The Last Word  »

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Film debut of Roma Downey. See more »

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Performed by Luka Bloom
Written by Luka Bloom
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Pretty much a dud
30 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Last Word" (1995 got a look as a neo-noir listed by critic John Grant as such. The story telling in this movie didn't engage me much. It lacked momentum, forward movement, tension, engagement and good acting. It was a letdown when it did make some plot points. There was too much dialog. The lead actress, Michelle Burke, has no charisma. Timothy Hutton was asleep, and he had no chemistry with Ms. Burke. That's a big negative because the story hinges on that. She was not believable as a stripper. He was not believable falling for her. Even her blonde wig didn't look right the first time I saw it. Joe Pantoliano steals the movie, what there is of it to steal. He's almost the whole show worth watching. Veterans Richard Dreyfuss and Chazz Palminteri are excellent in their one scene each. The script is tedious and amateurish in many places. It tries for a scenario of big moral decisions but they come off as not that meaningful. The transition of a writer to L.A. and its different ethos was of some interest. The writer-director here is Tony Spiridakis, and he's responsible for this dud of a movie, but, who knows, maybe the producers messed it up. There were 7 of those, including Spiridakis and Pantoliano.


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