The Last Shot (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  5 November 2004 (Brazil)
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A movie director-screenwriter finds a man to finance his latest project but soon discovers that the producer is actually an undercover FBI agent working on a mob sting operation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Sanz
Marshal Paris
Lonnie Bosco
Agent Nance
Troy Winbush ...
Agent Ray Dawson
Agent Pike
Willie Gratzo
Troy Haines
Agent McCaffrey
Abe White


FBI director Jack Devine always sets up his brother Joe as undercover to trick mobsters. His latest cover is as movie producer Joe Diamond, to get Tommy Sanz for Teamster racketeering. His cover requires a script - the one movie theater manager Steven Schats and his brother Marshall 'Paris' wrote, supposedly a cancer biopic. So Steven is hired as director, his greatest dream, even if producing an Arizona desert drama on Rhode Island is far from ideal. When a former Oscar nominee volunteers to star, the cover gets out of hand till everyone believes in it, even the FBI brass- or not? Written by KGF Vissers

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The true story of the greatest movie never made.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Providence  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$164,801 (USA) (24 September 2004)


$463,730 (USA) (12 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the "burro casting" sequence neither of the animals being considered are burros. They are both mules - the sterile offspring of a burro (donkey) and a horse. See more »


This movie is set in the mid-1980s. The Westin Hotel was built in 1994. The Providence Place Mall opened in 1999. Both are shown in the movie. See more »


Tommy Sanz: It's my face, Willie. The guys back home can't stand to look at me. I thought after the second surgery things would change.
Willie Gratzo: Did you talk to that plastic surgeon?
Tommy Sanz: He said he wanted to take skin from my ass cheeks and put it on my face. I beat that cocksucker with his own chair.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are written on objects in a movie theater, for example "Alec Baldwin" is written on a Coca-Cola jug and "Toni Collette" is carved into the wooden arm rest of a seat. See more »


References The Natural (1984) See more »


Looks Like We Made It
Written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings
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Proof that a Seed of Truth is Stranger/Funnier than Fiction
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE LAST SHOT is best viewed with a bit of info to let the patient viewer understand what is coming. The opening titles are clever, dealing with movie paraphernalia that serve as matrices for the stars and production staff names and should give a sense of what is to come. But it isn't until the first 20 or so minutes into the film that the significance of the movie can be appreciated.

Based on an apparently true news article, THE LAST SHOT takes a pot shot at not only Hollywood, but also organized crime, production magnates, the FBI, and little people with big dreams lost in the elusive utopia of fame.The plot is well outlined on these pages. Suffice it to say that the FBI sends Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) to Hollywood to pose as a producer to lure the underground crime lord Tommy Sanz (Tony Shalhoub) to surface and be caught. Devine needs a script as he discovers from the gross Fanny Nash (Joan Cusack at her hilarious best) and gradually encounters Steven Schats (Matthew Broderick) who with his pathetic brother Marshall Paris (Tim Blake Nelson) has written an unmarketable, non-salable script called 'Arizona'. Devine grabs on to the project, making Schats the director (his dream come true) and casts the film with has-been actress with box office draw Emily French (Toni Collette who looks terrific and adds yet another priceless cameo to her brilliant repertoire) and Valerie Weston (Calista Flockhart) who just happens to be Schats' squeeze.

The process of film-making and the infectious delirium of Hollywood affects everyone in this film - even the FBI and especially Devine who softens into a man who wants to provide the 'littleman' Schats with his dream. The humor is broad, WAY over the top, crude, and slapstick and in so many ways this movie mimics all of the intangible oddities that make Hollywood what it is. The performances by Baldwin, Broderick, Cusack, Flockhart - and, well, all of the inserted cameos - are excellent. Once you get the premise of this film it moves from being inane to being a really terrific parody with some sensitive metaphors. Grady Harp

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