6.5/10
308
6 user 13 critic

The Last Mogul (2005)

Trailer
3:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A biography of powerful Hollywood agent and executive Lew Wasserman.

Director:

Writer:

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Altman (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

Director: Ron Mann
Stars: Michael Murphy, Robert Altman, Kathryn Reed
Milius (2013)
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A look at the life of filmmaker,John Milius.

Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson
Stars: John Milius, Ethan Milius, Amanda Milius
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Ismailos
Stars: David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An uncensored look at the life and work of film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Director: Barry Avrich
Stars: Matt Affleck, Ken Auletta, Peter Bart
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven ... See full summary »

Director: John Walker
Stars: Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A look at the extraordinary world of Penthouse founder, visionary and provocateur Bob Guccione.

Director: Barry Avrich
Stars: Patrice Adcroft, Audrey Arnold, Peter Bloch
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The history of Larry Flynt and the iconoclastic adult magazine he created.

Director: Michael Lee Nirenberg
Stars: Paul Cambria, Kenneth De Martines, Gail Dines
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

Director: Marah Strauch
Stars: Marah Strauch, Carl Boenisch, Cecilie Bull
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This Is a documentary about life and struggle of people for becoming professional gamers.

Director: Patrick Creadon
Stars: Judy Barbosa, Søren Bjerg, Michal Blicharz
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Irving Azoff ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Himself
Norman Brokaw ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
David Carr ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Kaye Coleman ...
Herself
Janet De Cordova ...
Herself
Al Dorskind ...
Himself
Garth H. Drabinsky ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

A biography of powerful Hollywood agent and executive Lew Wasserman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv special | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Scandal. Power. Corruption. Finally, a true Hollywood story.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,965 (USA) (24 June 2005)

Gross:

$4,965 (USA) (24 June 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Big fish in a big pond.
17 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching The Last Mogul is like leaving an expensive restaurant by the rear entrance next to the dumpster. It exposes the odious greedy reality behind the glamour of Hollywood under the control of the most powerful figure in perhaps Hollywood history. Great producer, director, writer, actor? Nope a ten per center, talent agent Lew Wasserman. Never heard of him. For ,good reason, he was from Henry Ford school of never complain never explain, wrote nothing down and gave no interviews. But he could have easily written the most telling memoir in Hollywood history since he had nearly every major star in his stable. From Doris Day to Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck to Jimmy Stewart to Alfred Hitchcock he made them all very rich as well as pave Ronald Reagan's way to the White House.

It is a fascinating but unsettling look at an unctuous business filled with bottom line types grasping for every dime they can get by hook and by the doc's innuendo crook. Wasserman began his career in Cleveland booking bands at club's including Al Capone's joints in Chicago. Going to work for talent agent and promoter Julie Stein he moved on to where the action was NYC but Swifty Lazar ran things there so he and Julie moved on to Hollywood and the rest is history. MCA was soon monopolizing the film industry, would take over Universal and go on to greater heights with an almost complete monopoly of television. Meanwhile he wasn't doing too bad in the movie business backing films like The Sting, Jaws and Airport. When close scrutiny threatened he would employ all his power from mob lawyers, union thugs and sitting Presidents (Reagan) to smooth things over.

Wassermann was a man of remarkable insight and energy who truly understood power and how to use it. The film is interspersed with interviews and archival footage of many people he had love hate relationships with, still cautious in their criticism and coy about Lew so in awe of his power that you get the feeling they believe he could come back from the grave to deal with them. Many shed tears for Wasserman leaving it up to David Carr to handle his surly side and provide a counter view to the slavish worship of his lackeys. Eventually Wassermann is undone by the Japanese and the new kid on the block CCA CEO Danny Ovitz who undermines Lew with his own play book. How Shakespearean and why not, Wasserman in his own way cast a shadow every bit as large as Lear and Richard the Third.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release ytzioumakis
Was this movie ever shown? dizzhrt
SHAME ON OSCAR crtive76
Released again after NPR interview?? RikkyTik
Film play Lcations? agatewood3
70's Tv Movie fans... good info, worth watching + on NetFlix! yardsalefunfinds
Discuss The Last Mogul (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page