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The Last Detail ()


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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.

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Buddusky
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Mulhall
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Meadows
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M.A.A.
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Young Whore
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Marine O.D.
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Donna
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Annette
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Nancy
Gerry Salsberg ...
Henry
Don McGovern ...
Bartender
Pat Hamilton ...
Madame
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Taxi Driver
Jim Henshaw ...
Sweek
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Nichiren Shoshu Member
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Jim Horn ...
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John Castellano ...
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Bearded Man at Bar in Darts Scene (uncredited)
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Skater at Ice Rink (uncredited)
Henry Calvert ...
Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Peter Foldy ...
Hippie at Train Station (uncredited)
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Bar patron (uncredited)
Donald Warnock ...
Combat Zone Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Ashby

Written by

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Robert Towne ... (screenplay)
 
Darryl Ponicsan ... (novel "The Last Detail")

Produced by

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Gerald Ayres ... producer
Charles Mulvehill ... associate producer
Joel Chernoff ... co-producer (uncredited)

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Johnny Mandel

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Michael Chapman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert C. Jones ... film editor
Ken Zemke ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Robert Barrere ... assistant film editor
Pieter Bergema ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster
Sylvia Fay ... (uncredited)

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Michael D. Haller ... (as Michael Haller)

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Theodore R. Parvin ... (costumes) (as Ted Parvin)

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Maureen Sweeney ... makeup

Production Management

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Daniel McCauley ... unit production manager (as Dan McCauley)
Marvin Miller ... unit production manager
Phillip M. Goldfarb ... unit manager: New York (uncredited)
Larry Kostroff ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Alan Hopkins ... second assistant director (as Al Hopkins)
Wes McAfee ... assistant director
Gordon Robinson ... second assistant director
Samuel C. Jephcott ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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George Dunkel ... scenic
Sidney H. Greenwood ... properties (as Sid Greenwood)
Benjamin Duffy ... laborer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tom Overton ... sound
Richard Portman ... re-recordist
Joe Kenworthy ... sound (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
Sharron Miller ... sound editor (uncredited)
Karl Scherer ... sound mixer standby (uncredited)

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Michael Beer ... generator operator (uncredited)
Anthony Bliss ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Michel Bénard ... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Falk ... electrician (uncredited)
Glen Goodchild ... second grip (uncredited)
David Kelly ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Charles Moore ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Reinhart ... grip (uncredited)
Tibor Sands ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert M. Volpe ... grip (uncredited)

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Karen Hazzard ... casting: Canada (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joyce Liggett ... costumes (uncredited)

Music Department

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George Brand ... music editor
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gary Flanagan ... driver (uncredited)
Bob Holburn ... driver (uncredited)
Jim Kennedy ... driver (uncredited)
Wayne Thurston ... driver (uncredited)
Rick Young ... driver captain (uncredited)

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Bob Forrest ... script supervisor
Nicholas Kudla III ... assistant to the producer (as Nicholas Kudla II)
Velda Reimer ... production secretary
Sheila Woodland ... production secretary
Bruce Bahrenburg ... publicist (uncredited)
Elinor Bolton ... script supervisor standby (uncredited)
Lillian Borden ... production secretary (uncredited)
Samuel C. Jephcott ... production assistant: Toronto (uncredited)
Fiona Mitchell ... publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 with Meadows's progress. However, when the trio reach Portsmouth, the game comes abruptly to an end as reality sets in. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines What's "The Last Detail"? 300 beers and a barrel of laughs! (re-release) See more »
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Also Known As
  • La dernière corvée (France)
  • El último deber (Spain)
  • Siste tjeneste (Norway)
  • Das letzte Kommando (Austria)
  • O Último Dever (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Budget $2,300,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The script was completed in 1970, but contained too much profanity to be shot as written. Columbia Pictures waited for two years trying to get writer Robert Towne to tone down the language. Instead, by 1972, the standards for foul language relaxed so much, that all the profanity was left in. See more »
Goofs The MAA Master Chief is not wearing a Master-at-Arms rating badge, he is wearing a Boatswain mate rating badge. The Master At Arms rating was disestablished in 1921, but was officially re-established on 1 August 1973. Therefore, as the story takes place, a Master Chief Boatswain's Mate being assigned the collateral duty of MAA is entirely accurate. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Body Rock/Irreconcilable Differences/A Soldier's Story/Love Streams (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Never Let The Left Hand Know See more »
Quotes [a woman hears Meadows chanting and invites him to a party]
Meadows: Drop your socks and grab your cocks, we're going to a party.
Buddusky: If this kid gets pussy out of this, I'll eat my fucking flat hat, man.
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