Last Hand Standing (2003)

 |  Short  |  10 May 2003 (USA)
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During an endurance competition, one contestant falls for a fellow competitor and finds happiness without winning the prize he coveted.


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Cast overview:
Jack Paglen ...
Angela Grant ...
Tracey (as Angie Grant)
Dennis Lee ...
Don's Wife
Manny Kiprakis ...
Don's Son
William Dean ...
TV Camera Operator (as Billy MoDean)


At a Chrysler dealership, we're in day four of a contest: whoever can leave their hand on the car the longest, wins the car. Four contestants are still standing, and Don is starting to crumple: his wife and son, looking on, yell at him not to give up, to keep his hand on the car. The other three (Gene, Tracey, and Chung) allow themselves a small smile and a shared glance. Then Gene starts staring at Tracey, and with Chung looking on, Gene makes a startling declaration. Is he trying to psyche out Tracey? Has four days of standing in the sun flipped him out? Written by <>

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One of the best shorts I've seen in years!
17 January 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The plot is amazingly simple and brilliantly executed. Casting was great - very believable characters that are real, not stereotypical. Well, maybe the 'Zen Master' Asian guy is a bit stereotypical, but his ultra-disciplined silence is humorous. These guys did an excellent job of telling a cute story in a simple and interesting way. I like the way most of the story is built through the characters' actions and subtle expressions, not lengthy dialogue. And best of all, I was not expecting the ending. It was refreshing to see a short where the director actually relied and focused on strong performances, not flashy camera or editing techniques.

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