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Last Embrace (1979)

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Murray Teigh Bloom (novel), David Shaber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Harry Hannan
Janet Margolin ... Ellie Fabian
John Glover ... Richard Peabody
Sam Levene ... Sam Urdell
Charles Napier ... Dave Quittle
Christopher Walken ... Eckart
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Dr. Coopersmith
David Margulies ... Rabbi Josh Drexel
Andrew Duncan ... Bernie Meckler
Marcia Rodd ... Adrian
Gary Goetzman ... Tour Guide (as Gary Getzman)
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Rabbi Jacobs
Mandy Patinkin ... First Commuter
Max Wright ... Second Commuter
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Dorothy Hannan
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Storyline

When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) has a breakdown and finds that his department doesn't want him back. Someone's trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there's something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin) who has managed to move into his New York apartment. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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It begins with an ancient warning. It ends at the edge of Niagara Falls. In between there are 5 murders. Solve the mystery. Or die trying. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det sjette offer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,537,125
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Walken and John Glover have both played villains in Batman movies. Walken was in "Batman Returns" (1992) and Glover was in "Batman and Robin" (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the synagogue, Harry appears to be going through a register book when he finds his grandfather's name. Actually, he's reading a tractate of the Talmud, which is entirely in Aramaica and Hebrew - and he's holding it upside down. See more »

Quotes

Harry Hannan: [referring to the death note he's received] Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You mean there 's more than one of these?
Richard Peabody: So I've been told.
Harry Hannan: Then I'm not the only one?
Richard Peabody: No, but don't despair. You have a distinction.
Harry Hannan: What's that?
Richard Peabody: [laughs nervously] You seem to be the only one still alive.
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Soundtracks

The Forties
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Arranged by Joe Reisman
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The Good & Bad Of 'The Last Embrace'
26 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This film certainly had a memorable scene with a man clinging for his life with Niagara Falls below! It's always stuck with me, even though it has been a long time since I've seen the movie. I've been waiting for this to be released on DVD so I can see it again, but as of now it's only available in Region 2.

It might be fun again just to see veteran actors Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin and John Glover in a film made 30 years ago. Director Jonathan Demme has done some interesting films since then, too.

Most of the story involves "mysterious" people chasing others and if I went into it in any detail it would ruin things for anyone who hasn't seen it. That's especially true because there are so many twists and turns in this story. However, to be frank, I think Hollywood has overdone "conspiracy theory" movies, of which this is one. I also think the profanity could have been lowered in here, especially by Roy Scheider's character "Harry," and the film would still have been just as intense.

What I really appreciated, more than the actors or story, frankly, was the photography and Demme's direction. There were a lot of really interesting camera angles, shots that zoomed in an out and other gimmicks that I usually fall for. There were enough of them to carry the first hour, at least. Living not too far from Niagara Falls, I was glad to see that in the climactic finale.


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