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Directed by
Fred Schepisi 
Writing credits
Graham Swift (novel "Last Orders")

Fred Schepisi (written by)

Produced by
Ed Atkinson .... co-executive producer
Paul Cowan .... line producer
Chris Craib .... executive producer
Sara Giles .... associate producer: Freewheel
Rainer Mockert .... executive producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Elisabeth Robinson .... producer
Derek Roy .... associate producer: Freewheel
Fred Schepisi .... producer
Gary Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Grabowsky 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kate Williams 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Patsy Pollock 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Paul Cross 
Set Decoration by
Celia Bobak 
Costume Design by
Jill Taylor 
Makeup Department
Andrea Finch .... hair stylist (as Andrea Pennell-Finch)
Andrea Finch .... makeup artist (as Andrea Pennell-Finch)
Louise Fisher .... daily hair stylist
Louise Fisher .... daily makeup artist
Joan Hills .... daily hair stylist
Joan Hills .... daily makeup artist
Deborah Jarvis .... hair stylist
Deborah Jarvis .... makeup artist
Eva Marieges Moore .... daily hair stylist (as Eve Marieges Moore)
Eva Marieges Moore .... daily makeup artist (as Eve Marieges Moore)
Sandra Simons .... daily hair stylist
Sandra Simons .... daily makeup artist
Norma Webb .... chief hair stylist
Norma Webb .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Wendy Broom .... production manager
Jatinderpal Chohan .... post-production supervisor
Tracy Tucker .... unit manager (as Tracey Tucker)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mira Husseini .... dailies assistant director
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... assistant director: second unit
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... third assistant director
Art Department
Celia Bobak .... buyer
Phil Bowen .... dressing props
Frank Carr .... stand-by stagehand
Andrea Couch .... art department junior
Chris Cull .... dressing props
Ron Dawling .... stand-by props (as Ron Dowling)
Brian Hampton .... storeman
Derek Honeybun .... painter
Charlie Macher .... stand-by rigger
Barry Moll .... construction manager
Kenny Palmer .... stand-by props
Mike Povey .... prop master
Tony Power .... stand-by painter
Chris Rawlings .... dressing props
Chris Sibley-Hale .... carpenter
Nick Slater .... stand-by carpenter
Sophie Tyler .... assistant set decorator
Iain White .... assistant art director
Joe Willmott .... carpenter (as Jo Wilmott)
Keith Stevenson .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nigel Bennett .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Colin Cooper .... foley mixer
Michael Crouch .... foley editor
Peter Day .... foley artist
Richard Dunford .... special effects sound editor
Steve Finn .... sound maintenance
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Jay Group .... adr crowd
Peter Hodges .... adr mixer
Mystique Holloway .... assistant sound editor
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Schwartz .... sound assistant
Richard Street .... sound re-recording mixer
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
James Davis III .... special effects technician (as James Davies)
Mark Haddenham .... special effects technician
Peter Haran .... special effects technician (as Peter Harran)
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jesper Anderson .... technical coordinator: Digital Film Lab London
Toby Brockhurst .... effects: Digital Film Lab London
Eric D'Souza .... data supervisor: Digital Film Lab London
Steen Lyders Hansen .... effects: Digital Film Lab London
Marc Jouveneau .... effects: Digital Film Lab London
Kris Kolodziejski .... effects supervisor: Digital Film Lab London
Giles Livesey .... digital film colorist
Gary Napier .... executive producer: Digital Film Lab London
Andreas Rostock .... laser recording: Digital Film Lab London
Rod Shelton .... digital post producer: Digital Film Lab, London
Sam Smith .... effects: Digital Film Lab London
Tom Delmar .... stunt coordinator
Dave Fisher .... stunts
Andy Godbold .... stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunt coordinator
Rowley Irlam .... stunts
Nicholas Daines .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Barell .... camera loader
Dave Brennan .... electrician
Ian Briggs .... clapper loader: second unit
Shaun Cobley .... clapper loader: second unit
Russell Diamond .... grip
Jonathan Earp .... focus puller: second unit
David Hedges .... focus puller
Françoise Higson .... camera intern
Lorraine Luke .... focus puller: second unit
Chaz Lyon .... clapper loader: second unit
Graham Mathews .... grip: second unit (as Graham Matthews)
Liam McGill .... gaffer
Brian Mcgivern .... generator operator (as Brian McGivern)
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Gary Nolan .... electrician
Jennie Paddon .... video assist operator
Kate Philby .... clapper loader: second unit
Xandy Sahla .... Steadicam operator (as Alexander Sahla)
Zoe Schepisi .... camera intern
Bob Shipsey .... camera operator
Tony Skinner .... electrician
Bob Stilwell .... focus puller: second unit (as Bob Stillwell)
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Ernest Vincze .... camera operator: second unit (as Ernie Vincze)
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator: second unit
Iwan Williams .... best boy electric
Andy Thomson .... crane technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russell Barnett .... wardrobe daily
Ella Hastings .... wardrobe daily
Mark Lord .... wardrobe daily
Caron Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Carla Pope .... wardrobe daily
Charlotte Sewell .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... dresser: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
David Wootton .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Giles Gardner .... first assistant editor
Valentina Giambanco .... conforming assistant editor
Mark Lane .... conforming assistant editor
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
Natasha Wilkinson .... conforming assistant editor
Music Department
Guy Barker .... musician: cornet and flugelhorn
B.J. Cole .... musician: pedal steel guitar (as BJ Cole)
Rebecca Gatrell .... assistant music mixer
Rebecca Gatrell .... assistant music recordist
Paul Grabowsky .... musician: piano
Paul Grabowsky .... orchestrator
Skaila Kanga .... musician: harp
Ion Metsovitis .... assistant music recordist
Mark Nightingale .... musician: trombone
John Parricelli .... musician: electric guitar
John Parricelli .... musician: spanish guitar solo
Andy Pask .... musician: double bass and guitars
Anthony Pleeth .... musician: cello
Frank Ricotti .... musician: percussion
Maggie Rodford .... music coordinator: Air Edel Associates
Ian Thomas .... musician: drums
Phil Todd .... musician: clarinet, bass clarinet and soprano sax
Nick Wollage .... music recording mixer
Gavyn Wright .... musician: violin and viola
Roz Colls .... musical contractor: songs, Music Matters (uncredited)
Paul Grabowsky .... conductor (uncredited)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Yuri Worontschak .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Barry .... unit driver
Richard Cain .... unit driver
Bill Clare .... facilities driver
Jimmy Coutts .... driver: minibus (as Jim Coutts)
Tony Cox .... driver: minibus
Paul Cullen .... facilities driver
Jeff Edwards .... facilities driver
Graham Fordham .... driver: Fred Schepisi
Rob Fowle .... facilities driver
Thomas Irish .... facilities driver
Kevin Maher .... driver: Ray Winstone
Rod McCreedie .... facilities driver
Ray McGough .... driver: minibus
Colin Morris .... driver: Michael Caine
David Ott .... facilities driver
Sammy Pasha .... driver: Bob Hoskins
Chris 'Reg' Perrin .... facilities driver
Dean Roberts .... facilities driver
Charlie Simpson .... facilities transportation captain
Other crew
Robert Wase Bailey .... stand-in
Kevin Baker .... stand-in
Sarah Jane Barnes .... stand-in
Will Beedle .... stand-in
Jason Bird .... production runner
Toby Brockhurst .... titles
Michael J. Buchanan-Dunne .... production assistant: Scala
Sue Carreck .... assistant: Nik Powell
Ray Cummings .... location security
Michael Cunningham .... stand-in
Josh Davies .... production assistant
Giles Edleston .... assistant location manager
Penny Eyles .... continuity: second unit
Vincent Flemming .... stand-in
Sophie Garrett .... production assistant: Scala
Sasha Harris .... production coordinator
Christine Howard .... business affairs: Scala (as Chris Howard)
Katy Hoy .... assistant: Fred Schepisi
Katy Hoy .... production coordinator: New York
Kathy Hughes .... continuity: second unit
Angela Jackson .... business affairs: Scala
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Pat Karam .... location manager
John Maloney .... location security
David Mellor .... production accountant
Paul Moran .... helicopter pilot: second unit
John Morgan .... post-production accountant
Dillan Nicholls .... production runner
Caroline Oxley-Mcleod .... unit nurse
Nick Palozzi .... location security
Robin Parker .... paramedic
Sammy Pasha .... stand-in
Geraldine Patten .... assistant: Elisabeth Robinson
Ruth Perkins .... assistant accountant
Jocelyn Roberts .... runner (as Joclynn Roberts)
Josh Stanbury .... production runner
Simon Tatum .... production runner
Jacqueline Thorogood .... production assistant
Reg Turner .... stand-in
Ozgur Uyanik .... production assistant: Scala (as Özgur Üyanik)
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes-Wharton)
Rachel Wood .... production executive: Scala
Anna Wulff .... assistant: Nik Powell
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign (uncredited)
Rob Grundy .... supervising armorer (uncredited)
Julie Oram .... choreographer (uncredited)
Aidan Williams .... floor runner: second unit (uncredited)
Jeff Abberley .... special thanks
Jonathon Altaras .... special thanks
Amanda Bainton .... special thanks
Isaac Blumberg .... special thanks
Lee Breasley .... special thanks
Andrew Brown .... special thanks
Laurence Brown .... special thanks
Jeremy Conway .... special thanks
Pierre Du Plessis .... special thanks
Howard Fishman .... special thanks
Joel Hoffner .... special thanks
Toni Howard .... special thanks
Billy Hurman .... special thanks
Jeremy Kimberlin .... special thanks
Tim Levy .... special thanks
Ian Lewis .... special thanks
Leighton Lloyd .... special thanks
Heather Mansfield .... special thanks
Bryce Menzies .... special thanks
Marcie Morris .... special thanks
Kevin O'Shea .... special thanks
Hywel Rees .... special thanks
Sandy Rees .... special thanks
Brooks Riley .... special thanks
Harriet Robinson .... special thanks
Rob Sherr .... special thanks
Wilma Skinner .... special thanks
Justin Stephenson .... special thanks
Peter E. Strauss .... special thanks (as Peter Strauss)
Sam Tatton-Brown .... special thanks
Barry Tyerman .... special thanks
Alan Tyers .... special thanks
Annabel von Kessel .... special thanks
David White .... special thanks
Michael Wiggs .... special thanks
David Wirtschafter .... special thanks
Lesley Wise .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality and some language
109 min
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One of six feature films that have starred both Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine. The films include Blue Ice (1992), Last Orders (2001), Mona Lisa (1986), Sweet Liberty (1986), Beyond the Limit (1983) and for television, World War II: When Lions Roared (1994) (TV).See more »
Continuity: In the final scene at the pier, it is raining heavily and there is a strong wind, yet the sea is dead calm.See more »
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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Caine, Mirren and Hoskins Bring it to Life (9/10), 25 September 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Upon reaching a certain age, especially when a proper catalyst is provided, one may become wont to consider and reflect upon the life one has lived-- to take stock, as it were. And, without question, the death of a long-time, close friend or associate can effect such a catalysis, which is precisely what happens in `Last Orders,' directed by Fred Schepisi, a drama that suggests that perhaps the end of a life can offer a valuable and renewed perspective to those who go on to write yet another chapter of their own in this great book we fondly know as the Human Comedy. Finally, it's about individual resolve and beginnings that can be found in endings, and the life therein reserved for those who may yet count themselves among the living.

Jack (Michael Caine), a working class butcher in London, planned one day to retire with his lovely wife, Amy (Helen Mirren), to the seaside hamlet of Margate. As often happens in life, however, Jack was denied the realization of his dream by the unbidden intervention of Fate, in the form of it's eternal emissary, The Grim Reaper. But Jack enters his everlasting sleep even as he lived his life, one step ahead of the other guy; and the attainment of his final wish begins with the consigning of his ashes to his three closest, life-long friends and his son, Vince (Ray Winstone), along with a request he adjures them as a group to honor. And so it is that Vince, Vic (Tom Courtenay), Lenny (David Hemmings), and Jack's best friend, Ray (Bob Hoskins), set out on a journey to effect the `Last orders' of their good friend, Jack; a journey that will take them into the future by way of the past, as they reflect upon what has gone before, and the possibilities that now lay ahead.

With this film, Schepisi has crafted and delivered what is essentially a moment in time; a moment he examines through a sentimental journey rife with all of the hard knocks and stoic truths that made up Jack's life, and which he presents just as Jack lived it. And a sentimental journey though it may be, don't expect to be seeing it through rose colored glasses. As the story unfolds, what emerges is a portrait of a complex individual made up of the myriad and many facets of the human condition. And each flashback, combined with an episode from the present, reveals another piece of the puzzle that was Jack; and by the end, the picture we have of him is complete. We see him for who and what he really was, good, bad or indifferent, with all the flaws and foibles that were part and parcel of the ebb and flow of his life-- everything that defined him as a human being. Also, inasmuch as the story is told through the eyes of his friends and loved ones, it necessarily follows that they are revealed, as well, especially Amy and Ray. We do get to know Vince, Vic and Lenny, of course, but to something of a lesser degree. In the final analysis, then, what Schepisi has created here is nothing less than an intimate and incisive character study through which Jack, his friends and their story comes vividly to life. Schepisi does the material proud, but then he was, of course, afforded the talents of an extraordinarily gifted ensemble cast, from which he extracts a number of memorable performances.

As Lawrence Jamieson in 1988's `Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' he was the most suave and sophisticated gentleman (albeit con man) the screen has seen since Niven or Grant, but without question, since his portrayal of `Alfie,' in 1966, Michael Caine has been everyones favorite cockney, and no one-- make that NO one-- does it better. And it's precisely that nuance of character that Caine brings to his portrayal of Jack that makes him so alive and convincing. Caine can be ingratiating even when he's playing a `hard' guy, and there is a decidedly hard side to Jack; but there's a very caring side to Jack, too, which Caine also manages to convey with facility, and he does a splendid job of fusing the many sides of his character into one very real whole. It's the kind of top notch performance we've come to expect from Caine, and it makes his character and the film entirely credible.

When it comes to playing cockney, Caine may be the King, but Bob Hoskins is certainly the Crown Prince, coming in a close second. These two, in fact, would clean up if the Oscars ever decided to include the categories of Best Cockney and Best Supporting Cockney. There are times, perhaps, when you have to turn an ear in to understand what they're saying, but it's part of the charm and viability of their respective portrayals. And Hoskins has an appeal all his own, and though he lacks Caine's charisma, he does have a definite screen presence, all of which helps to make the relationship between Ray and Jack believable.

The wonderful Helen Mirren, meanwhile, turns in a remarkably poignant performance as Amy. Her portrayal readily brings the inner conflicts and complexities of her character to the fore, as Mirren successfully shows us the many sides of this woman, who is wife, lover and mother, all rolled into one. Most importantly, her Amy is so human; there is an earthiness to her, but it is tempered by her more maternal and caring instincts, and it lends an honesty and integrity to the character that makes her very real.

Courtenay, Hemmings and Winstone turn in noteworthy performances, too, each making the utmost of the screen time they are afforded, successfully establishing their characters and the nature of their relationship with Jack as well as one another. It's all a part of what makes `Last Orders' such entertaining and engaging cinema, a film that is both sincere and unforgettable. And that's the magic of the movies. 9/10.

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