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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 win & 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)

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
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)
Location Management
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Phil Hounam .... location manager
Tom Howard .... location manager
Charlie Somers .... supervising location manager
Music Department
Hal Cazalet .... piano consultant
Gary Chester .... score recording engineer
The Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague .... orchestra
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
Marilyn Goldsworthy .... production accountant
Paul Hayes .... floor runner: dailies
Will Haynes .... production assistant: additional photography
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist
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
Christopher Verone .... production staff
Mike Woodley .... aviation consultant
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
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: When Kate leaves the wedding and is standing in front of the elevator, there are 2 rooms between the elevator and the room Harvey goes into to play the piano. When he starts to play, the camera picks up a shot of her peeking into the room where Harvey is playing while she is still standing at the elevator. This is impossible at the room Harvey goes into is clearly down the hall from the elevator, not the room next to the elevator.See more »
Harvey Shine:I have to tell you that it is a relief to find someone who actually says what they're feeling and what they're thinking. Especially in a place that is supposed to be, you know, Britian. English, reserved.
Kate Walker:Oh, no, no. Haven't you heard? We're a nation changed. Ever since Diana died, we're all sort of flowing out of us like water. You guys showed us the way, actually. No more stiff upper lip for us.
Harvey Shine:And what is that, exactly?
Kate Walker:What?
Harvey Shine:Stiff upper lip.
Kate Walker:I'm not sure, it's kind of the whole clenched thing.
[makes face]
Harvey Shine:Clenched?
[makes face too]
Kate Walker:I think so, you know. See, you know, when you cry, your lips wobble and when you're being strong, they don't.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV)See more »
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Is "Last Chance Harvey" based on a novel?
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Why did Susan wear a casual suit for the wedding and then change into a full-length formal for the reception. Isn't it usually the other way around?
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59 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Nothing much but the elegance of restraint, 8 February 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

On the face of it Last Chance Harvey, helmed by the virtually unknown English director Joel Hopkins, is a mere piece of frippery, a little tale of a chance encounter in an airport between a man and woman of a certain age on the rebound from disappointment, something we've seen dozens of times. But the masterful acting of Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, and the restraint of a script that could be maudlin or cutesy but never is, make the film not only entertaining and watchable but even touched by moments of grace.

Harvey Shine (Hoffman) is a composer of TV jingles who may be out of work. When he goes London to attend his daughter's wedding, he learns she has chosen her stepfather, Brian, to give her away. Amid these humiliations Harvey runs into Kate Walker (Thompson), who works doing surveys of passengers passing through Heathrow.

Thompson is playing an old maid saddled with a mother (the great Aileen Atkins) worried about her "situation" and also suspicious of a Polish neighbor she thinks may be a new Jack the Ripper. She calls all the time. Harvey keeps getting calls from his New York agent, but they're never encouraging. This cell phone shtick is unoriginal wallpaper. None of the developments is thought provoking or surprising. But the film avoids pushing too hard and thus gains credibility, at least in the personalities. Liane Balaban, as Susan, Harvey's daughter and the bride, has a credible restraint and sweetness. She is decent to Harvey, even as she has cooperated in his virtual exclusion from her marriage celebration. Kathy Baker plays Jean, Harvey's ex-wife, with poise and elegance.

At the center is Hoffman. He never plays for bathos. He woos Kate with delicate humor. His sense of defeat is only partial. This may be his "last chance" both to be a presence at his daughter's nuptials and to find a woman who will care about him, but though the screenplay puts him out on a limb, it doesn't coat him in desperation. He takes taxis everywhere, and stays at a nice hotel. He conveys an aura of quiet pluck. His little smiles are never forced; he's good humored. Beyond that, Hoffman has moments of stillness more beautiful than any actor's fussy line readings.

I guess you could call this a bittersweet comedy. Despite a scene that verges on the maudlin when Harvey speaks at the wedding reception, the film's skill is in the way it averts all disasters. The adeptness with which the two principals stay away from ever pushing too hard is the essence of good film acting. Last Chance Harvey may not make a deep impression but that slight memory it leaves behind is a good one. It will do to while away an afternoon. With Dustin and Emma, one is in good hands. _________________

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