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Last Days (2005)

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A Seattle-set rock & roll drama about a musician whose life and career is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Blake
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Luke
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Asia
Scott Patrick Green ...
Scott (as Scott Green)
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Nicole
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Detective
Ryan Orion ...
Donovan
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Guy in Club
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Band in Club (as The Hermitt)
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Record Executive
Adam Friberg ...
Elder Friberg #1
Andy Friberg ...
Elder Friberg #2
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Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks ...
Tree Trimmer
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Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake--his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective--but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rock and roll will never die.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Last Days - Últimos Dias  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$306,933 (France) (20 May 2005)

Gross:

$454,711 (USA) (26 August 2005)
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1.37 : 1
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The "long dolly shot" in which the camera slowly pulls away from the window while Blake plays inside took seven takes to successfully complete. As the crew only had three pieces of dolly track, crew members had to take track from the front and run it around to the back while the dolly moved backward. See more »

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One of the LDS missionaries that visits the house is wearing a light blue shirt. LDS missionaries are only permitted to wear non-decorative white shirts with dark pants/suits, and a conservative tie. The missionaries also carried no pamphlets, visual aids, appointment books, or their own complete sets of scriptures, which is highly unlikely for door-to-door proselytizing. See more »

Quotes

Blake: I'm being treated like I'm a... like I'm a... fucking criminal, you know?
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Soundtracks

Venus in Furs
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Brilliant and moving - give it a chance...
9 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm here to defend this brilliant film from those who have labelled it a bad watch. It's true that last Days isn't a film for everyone, nirvana fans are best to stay well away as the sight of their icon in a dress might send a shiver down their spines, but those who are willing to simply be with the character of Blake, body and mind, for 90 mins are in for something special. I've never been a big fan of Gus Van Sant's and this looked like his most pretentious project yet, but beyond the events the films based on and all the conspiracy theories that come with it Van Sant has chosen to just tell a story of a lonely isolated man. As Blake, Michael Pitt is fantastic, with little or nothing to say he has to rely on his mannerisms and facial expressions throughout most of the film and he does so with ease and brilliance. The stand out moment has to be 'Death To Birth'. Pitt's great song fits so well into the film you would think he wrote it about Cobain, (and he probably did) it's a scene you'll wanna watch over and you'll find yourself singing the song when the movie's finished. So not for everyone but a spiritual journey none the less, make sure it's late and your alone, put it on, you know your right.


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