Fitzgerald (2002)
"Last Call" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  25 May 2002 (USA)
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Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Kroll
Sarah Kroll
Paul Hecht ...
Samuel Kroll
Sheilah Graham
Dr. Mahoney
Roman Podhora ...
Eve Crawford ...
John Ford ...
Matthew Olver ...


Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: [sipping on a bottle of Pepsi trying to recover from a drunk imaginary football game the previous night]
F. Scott Fitzgerald: [weakly to Frances] Morning.
Frances Kroll: Good morning... I called someone to fix the window and cabinet.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Oh, thank you. Ah... sorry about the thing yesterday... you know the pistol and all.
Frances Kroll: Does that happen a lot around here?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Scotty and I have our fights, but its rare I go after her with a gun.
Frances Kroll: What happened to your face?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Sporting accident.
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Star gives star performance in made-for-TV movie
13 October 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Does Jeremy Irons ever give less? This is currently being shown on the British Movies24 channel. Jeremy Irons gives a perfectly judged performance, perfect for every expression, spoken word or even glance. He had though good material to work with - its basis in the recollections of one of the films main protagonists, his secretary, Frances Kroll, who herself was a would-be writer. The direction too seemed to perfectly follow the mood - even Frances' unspoken thoughts especially expectations. The only thing to jar was that at these moments of unspoken thoughts, a song would be played in the background spelling out exactly these unspoken thoughts.

Neve Campbell was excellent as Frances - in her playing perhaps her attitude was a little wrong - he the great writer, she rather mousy unknown secretary would have been perhaps a bit more reverential. But it may be Frances Kroll's writing which reveals the true nature of their relationship, that moment nearly at the end when he stops, turns to her and she (and the audience) could imagine an offer of marriage yet he "merely" wants to say something about writing. Overall it is a rich and revealing biography from someone who was both closely involved as well as being a good and honest writer. Perhaps this is why Jeremy Irons gave it his best shot.

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