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Last Chance Harvey -- In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.
Last Chance Harvey -- In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man (Hoffman) finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life (Thompson).
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Release Date:
16 January 2009 (USA) See more »
It's about first loves, last chances and everything in between. See more »
In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Harvey Shine

Emma Thompson ... Kate Walker

Eileen Atkins ... Maggie

Kathy Baker ... Jean

Liane Balaban ... Susan

James Brolin ... Brian

Richard Schiff ... Marvin
Tim Howar ... Johnnie (as Timothy Howar)
Wendy Mae Brown ... Aggie

Bronagh Gallagher ... Oonagh

Jeremy Sheffield ... Matt

Daniel Lapaine ... Scott (as Daniel LaPaine)

Patrick Baladi ... Simon

Adam James ... Josh Hillman

Michael Landes ... Peter Turner

Jamie Sives ... Doctor Butler
Kate Harper ... Jill

Angela Griffin ... Melissa

Alex Avery ... Andrew

Tim Ahern ... Barry
Charlotte Lucas ... Gwen

Nadia Cameron-Blakey ... Attractive Woman
Lauren Dennington ... Airline Stewardess
Figs Jackman ... Barman

Adam Astill ... Business Man
Rhydian Jones ... Check-In Steward 1
Andrea Harris ... Check-In Steward 2
Vincent Brimble ... Concierge
Paul Haley ... Elderly Man
Gaia Wise ... Girl at Wedding
Amy Younger ... Girl at Wedding
Leslie Randall ... Mild Mannered Mike

Imogen Byron ... Niece at Wedding

Ginny Holder ... Nurse
Pascal Scott ... Paddy the Postman
Robert Jezek ... Polish Neighbor
Heather Bleasdale ... Receptionist
Femi Oguns ... Room Service Waiter
Noah Marullo ... Silent Boy
Mark Kempner ... Taxi Cab Driver
Nick Cavaliere ... Waiter Reception

Mickey Sumner ... Friend of the Bride
Kitty Daisy & Lewis ... Buskers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tolula Adeyemi ... Monique the Jazz Singer (uncredited)
Debbie Attwell ... Shopper (uncredited)
Cristóbal Blanco García ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Jemma Bolt ... Sarah (uncredited)
James Currie ... Cyclist (uncredited)
Tim Glanfield ... Charming Man (uncredited)
Joanna Jeffrees ... Girl at Theatre (uncredited)
Masato Kamo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sid Karne ... Doctor (uncredited)

Javed Khan ... Bar Cleaner (uncredited)

Daniel Pellegrino ... Himself (uncredited)
Tracy Redington ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ian Stacey ... Passenger (uncredited)
Gill Stoker ... Woman in Airport (uncredited)

Michael Thomson ... Man at Restaurant (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Airport Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Hopkins 
Writing credits
Joel Hopkins (written by)

Produced by
Robert Kessel .... production executive
Jawal Nga .... executive producer
Tim Perell .... producer
Guy Tannahill .... line producer
Nicola Usborne .... producer
Original Music by
Dickon Hinchliffe 
Cinematography by
John de Borman 
Film Editing by
Robin Sales 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Elaine Grainger 
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Jon Henson 
Art Direction by
Suzanne Austin 
Patrick Rolfe (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
Makeup Department
Francesco Alberico .... makeup artist
Tricia Cameron .... makeup and hair artist: Ms. Thompson (as Patricia Cameron)
Julie Dartnell .... makeup artist
Daniel Erdman .... hair stylist: Mr. Hoffman
Marilyn MacDonald .... key hair stylist
Marilyn MacDonald .... key makeup artist
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman
Production Management
Kelly Howard-Garde .... production manager
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Benson .... first assistant director: second unit
Samson Haveland .... third assistant director (as Sam Haveland)
Sarah Hood .... third assistant director: second unit
Henry Mackintosh .... floor assistant director
Kate McLaughlin .... second assistant director: crowd
Matthew Penry-Davey .... first assistant director
Lance Roehrig .... key second assistant director
Carly Taverner .... third assistant director: additional photography
George Taylor .... floor assistant director
Art Department
Caroline Barclay .... stand-by art director
Bruce Barnes .... carpenter
Jon Bates .... stand-by props
Simon Bradbury Philip .... stand-by: second unit
James Brooker .... dressing props
Gareth Cousins .... assistant art director
Dan Crandon .... construction manager
Quentin Davies .... prop storeman
Peter Davis .... senior supervising painter
Peter Edge .... stand-by painter
Bruce Gallup .... hod painter
Nadine Herrmann .... art department assistant
Prue Howard .... assistant buyer
Ben Johnson .... stand-by prop
Mark Larkin .... graphic designer
Garry Moore .... stand-by carpenter
Claire Pidgeon .... production buyer
Nick Thomas .... property master
Libby Uppington .... dressing prop
Mark Wallis .... carpenter
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr recordist
Tim Atkins .... adr recordist
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Simon Chase .... dialogue editor
Lloyd Dudley .... sound assistant
Peter Eusebe .... sound maintenance
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Richard Fordham .... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Mark Holding .... sound mixer
Carol Jones .... sound post-production producer
Simon Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Penney .... additional foley editor
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Ritchie .... dialogue editor
Jamie Roden .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Oliver Tarney .... supervising sound editor
Ceri Thomas .... assistant sound editor
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Dillon Bennett .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alistair Anderson .... special effects technician
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Bernard Newton .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration
Jonathan Hanton .... digital restoration
Sid Karne .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Ames .... video assistant
David Armstrong .... grip: dailies
Chris Bailey .... practical electrician
Lawrence Bewsher .... video operator: additional photography
Carl Campbell .... electrician
Luke Chisholm .... grip: re-shoots
Wailoon Chung .... electrician extra
Richard Churchhouse .... electrician
Malcolm Cooper .... camera truck driver
James Cronly .... video assistant: pick-ups
David Cross .... key grip
John de Borman .... camera operator
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator: additional photography
Conor Finlay .... lighting technician
Max Glickman .... second assistant camera
Leigh Gold .... a camera: first assistant
Merritt Gold .... focus puller: "b" camera
Eugene Grobler .... lighting technician
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... additional photographer
Mark Hanlon .... best boy
David Holliday .... key grip: re-shoots
Paul Hymns .... grip: "b" camera
Adam Lee .... balloon light technician
Dash Lilley .... camera trainee
Andy Long .... gaffer
Brian Mcgivern .... generator operator
Malcolm McLean .... additional photography second unit
James Perry .... central loader
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Zoe Whittaker .... video operator
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Ali Farrell .... casting: USA
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Kate Ringsell .... casting associate
Laura Rosenthal .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Allen .... set costume assistant
Peter Edmonds .... costume assistant
Tom Hornsby .... wardrobe master
Gilly Martin .... wardrobe supervisor
Steve O'Sullivan .... set costumer
Tamsin Wright .... personal dresser: Mr. Hoffman
Lucilla Simbari .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Dan Dolan .... digital scanning
Paul Ensby .... digital color timer
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Jonathan Sales .... first assistant editor
Dominic Thomson .... digital editor
Nick Moore .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Hal Cazalet .... piano consultant
Gary Chester .... score recording engineer
Michael Hill .... music supervisor
Dickon Hinchliffe .... orchestrator
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Nigel Stone .... music editor
Transportation Department
Julian Anthony .... unit driver
Gavin Ball .... minibus driver
Gwyn Ethall .... minibus driver
Barry Goodwin .... unit driver
Tony Jayes .... driver: dustin hoffman
Pete Newman .... unit driver
Lol Smith .... driver: cast
Piotr Walczak .... transport facilities manager: reshoot
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Francesca Budd .... assistant: Mr. Hopkins
Fiona Carruthers .... assistant: Ms. Usborne & Mr. Perell
Peter Clark .... first assistant accountant
Celine Coulson .... floor runner
Lauren Dark .... floor runner
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... production coordinator
Glenn Diot .... assistant production coordinator
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Marilyn Goldsworthy .... production accountant
Paul Hayes .... floor runner: dailies
Will Haynes .... production assistant: additional photography
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist
Phil Hounam .... location manager
Tom Howard .... location manager
Viv Irish .... assistant: Ms. Thompson
Carlton Jarvis .... medical advisor
Steve Keane .... security and location assistant
Stacy Mann .... unit publicist
Natalie Moore .... assistant accountant
Tom Routledge .... medical consultant
Matthew Shapiro .... assistant: Mr. Perell, New York
Rory Shaw .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Charlie Somers .... supervising location manager
Christopher Verone .... production staff
Kate Penlington .... post production co-ordinator (uncredited)
Stephanie Allin .... the producers wish to thank
Alison Simmons .... the producers wish to thank: The Grosvenor House
Jenny Tobin .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Todd .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
93 min
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Did You Know?

At the wedding banquet, the girl who speaks to Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson ("You do know this is the children's table?"), is played by Gaia Wise, Emma Thompson's daughter. Director Joel Hopkins's daughter is also seated at the table.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The day Harvey met Kate, it's autumn everywhere. When she tells him to go to the wedding reception, he asks her the time and she says it's 7pm however it is still daylight. This is unusual for London where sunset is around half past 6 in the autumn. At the end of the movie, when they are walking away on the south bank, the tree leaves are fully green.See more »
Kate Walker:I'm not gonna do it, because it'll hurt! Sometime or other there'll be, you know "It's not working." or "I need my space." or whatever it is and it will end and it will hurt, and I won't do it.See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Conventional Third Act Weighs Down a Leisurely Autumnal Romantic Yarn, 31 May 2009
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

At its best, this rather slight 2008 melding of comedy and drama reminds me of Ulu Grosbard's bittersweet "Falling in Love" (1984) in which Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep stumble into a romantic relationship constantly derailed by guilt and commuter train schedules. At its worst, this film - leisurely directed and written by Joel Hopkins - uses several well-worn cinematic conventions - including a familiar third-act plot device from a classic movie - and forces a predictable ending that is far from satisfying. On the upside, it certainly helps to have actors the caliber of Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in the principal roles, although I have to admit I was not taken in by their characters' halting romance because the actors are simply not meshing in a convincing way. In fact, this movie ironically works better when the actors perform in separate scenes away from each other. The problem is that the elfin Hoffman just tries too hard to overcome Thompson's self-protective demeanor of disappointment.

The story focuses on Harvey Shine, a divorced jingle writer whose career seems to be waning in the face of more youthful talent. At the same time, his daughter Susan is getting married in England, so he is anxious to offset his professional disappointments with a family reunion he really needs. However, their estrangement turns out to be deeper than expected since Susan tells him that she has already asked her rugged, engaging stepfather to give her away at the wedding. When he concludes that it is he who has become the family outsider, he meets Kate Walker, an airport employee who has the thankless task of surveying passengers coming off their flights. She also happens to be a lonely spinster who lives near her paranoid mother and finds the prospect of another failed blind date excruciating. Kate and Harvey meet-cute at a Heathrow lounge at their lowest emotional points, and they start to bond over long walks along London's South Bank. She convinces him to go to Susan's reception, and he agrees only if Kate becomes his date. The rest of the plot follows the story arc you would expect.

In perhaps a conscious move, Hoffman seems to be channeling a bit of Benjamin Braddock's schlubby, obsessive nature in "The Graduate" over forty years later. He is at his best when we feel Harvey's rejection in isolation, but the assertive approach the 71-year-old actor takes in courting Kate is challenging to embrace. Thompson, on the other hand, is a pure joy as Kate because she plays against the grain of what could have been a victim character. She wears Kate's disappointment in such a convincingly objective manner that her moments of heartache attain greater resonance. Eileen Atkins and Kathy Baker have just a few scenes to bring their characters to life, Kate's dotty mother and Harvey's still-resentful ex-wife, respectively. London looks pretty inviting thanks to John de Borman's crisp cinematography, though Dickon Hinchliffe's tinkling music punctuates the proceedings excessively. The 2009 DVD contains a nice audio commentary track with Hoffman (recorded separately), Hopkins and a particularly acerbic Thompson. The sixteen-minute featurette reflects the same personalities in a standard making-of format, although both this and the theatrical trailer give away too much of the plot.

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