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The Last Detail (1973)

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Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Robert Towne (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Buddusky
Otis Young ... Mulhall
Randy Quaid ... Meadows
Clifton James ... M.A.A.
Carol Kane ... Young Whore
Michael Moriarty ... Marine O.D.
Luana Anders ... Donna
Kathleen Miller ... Annette
Nancy Allen ... Nancy
Gerry Salsberg Gerry Salsberg ... Henry
Don McGovern Don McGovern ... Bartender
Patricia Hamilton ... Madame (as Pat Hamilton)
Michael Chapman ... Taxi Driver
Jim Henshaw Jim Henshaw ... Sweek
Derek McGrath ... Nichiren Shoshu Member
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Two bawdy, tough looking navy lifers - "Bad-Ass" Buddusky, and "Mule" Mulhall - are commissioned to escort a young pilferer named Meadows to the brig in Portsmouth. Meadows is not much of a thief. Indeed, in his late teens, he is not much of a man at all. His great crime was to try to steal forty dollars from the admiral's wife's pet charity. For this, he's been sentenced to eight years behind bars. At first, Buddusky and Mulhall view the journey as a paid vacation, but their holiday spirits are quickly depressed by the prisoner, who looks prepared to break into tears at any moment. And he has the lowest self-image imaginable. Buddusky gets it into his head to give Meadows a good time and teach him a bit about getting on in the world. Lesson one: Don't take every card life deals you. Next, he teaches Meadows to drink, and, as a coup de grace, finds a nice young whore to instruct him in lovemaking. Mule, who worries aloud about his own position with military authority, seems pleased ... Written by alfiehitchie

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What's the Last Detail? 200 beers and a lot of laughs. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Feature film debut of Gilda Radner. See more »

Goofs

When Meadows is in the office waiting to leave for prison, the camera is focused on his shoes, which are all scuffed, but in later scenes his shoes are shined. See more »

Quotes

Mulhall: We'd better catch that train.
Buddusky: We still got time for a beer.
Mulhall: Now wait a minute, man...
Meadows: I ain't old enough.
Buddusky: Ain't old enough for what?
Meadows: For a beer.
Buddusky: Everybody's old enough for a beer. Ain't that right, Mule?
Mulhall: Yeah.
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Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Music by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Played often in the score
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Hal Ashby's classic
19 June 2003 | by rufasffSee all my reviews

If you respond to this film, you will probably go all the way and love it as much as I do. It is probably the high point of the drama of social realism started back by the like of "Marty."

It is Nicholson's film, yet Quaid and Otis Young(in his only good movie) really shine as well. It is the most heartbreaking of material played without sap or sentiment. Obscenity like this was still pretty new to movies back in 73, be sure to avoid edited T.V. versions. Reading the comments, it is sad that todays movie fans, spoonfed sledgehammer crappola, really can't respond to a drama played with the kind of subtle grace of "The Last Detail." Give it a shot. Ten out of ten.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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