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Last Chance Harvey (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Howar ...
Johnnie (as Timothy Howar)
Wendy Mae Brown ...
Scott (as Daniel LaPaine)
Josh Hillman
Peter Turner


Harvey Shine is in London for the weekend for his daughter's wedding. His work in New York preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife remarried, her husband closer to his daughter than he. His path crosses that of Kate Walker, unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he chats Kate up at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? Back at his daughter's reception, the step-father rises to give a toast. Written by <>

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It's about first loves, last chances and everything in between. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tu última oportunidad  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$97,260 (USA) (26 December 2008)


£1,769,174 (UK) (19 June 2009)

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Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman worked so well together in 'Stranger Than Fiction (2006)', they wanted to do another project together and got involved in "Last Chance Harvey". See more »


Harvey arrives at the restaurant with an electronic tag still attached to the sleeve of his jacket, as seen during the taxi scene. Inside the restaurant he is introduced to his daughter's friends but he doesn't shake hands as he doesn't want the people to see the tag, but after a while there is a shot where the sleeve doesn't have the tag anymore. See more »


Kate Walker: [answers cell phone] Mum, I love you, but not now.
Harvey Shine: Should I take that as a hopeful sign?
[Kate snickers and smiles a little]
Harvey Shine: If you give me just a little wider smile.
Kate Walker: [laughs] Oh, shut up, Harvey. So how's this going to work, Mr. Shine?
Harvey Shine: I have absolutely no idea. But it will. I promise you that.
Kate Walker: Shall we walk?
Harvey Shine: Yes.
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Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »


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Predictable but Entertaining
21 November 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a socially awkward American man and British woman who meet in London, get to like one another and may have a future together. The plot has been done a zillion times. I pretty much knew what was going to happen twenty minutes into the film. What saves the film from being one huge predictable snooze fest is that the author is clever enough not to fall into too many clichés so things seem possible if not probable. And there is the excellent casting of Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Their characters are quirky enough to be believable and both are very sympathetic. And there's no silly Hollywood ending with rockets bursting and doves flying into the sunset. There's a chance they might make it as a couple despite differences in age, culture and countries or they might be in for a huge disappointment and hurt--something both have known in their lives.

If you're expecting a movie that will entertain, be free of gratuitous sex scenes and violence with a charming backdrop of London landmarks, then this film is for you.

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