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The Last Shot (2004)

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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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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.

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

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

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

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 »

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Though the film is set in 1985, the United Airlines plane shown at the Rhode Island airport is painted in a color scheme that was not used until the mid-1990s. See more »

Quotes

Joe Devine: Delores, I have these presents I wanna give to Sasha. Where is she?
Delores: I'm sorry, sir. Your dog is dead. She killed herself.
Joe Devine: What?
Delores: The Jacuzzi. She threw herself into the Jacuzzi. I tried to find you. It was horrible.
Joe Devine: Oh, no. Maybe she fell in.
Delores: Oh, there was a witness. Alejandro, the gardener's son. It was suicide.
Joe Devine: Suicide?
Delores: She was lonely. She couldn't stand it any more.
Joe Devine: Then why the fuck didn't you go outside and play with her? Throw the little red ball with her?
Delores: I'm sorry, Mr Devine. I know you ...
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Special thanks to ... The Dan Blocker Family, The Victor Sen Young Family ... See more »

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References Zapped! (1982) See more »

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Let the Good Times Roll
(1946)
Written by Spo-De-Odee and Fleecie Moore
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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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