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The Last Word (1979)

A washed-up inventor takes matters into his own hands in a very extreme way when he learns that his house will be condemned and his beloved children left on the street.

Director:

Roy Boulting

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Horatius Häberle (story) (as Horatius Haeberle), Michael Varhol (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Danny Travis
Karen Black ... Paula Herbert
Martin Landau ... Captain Garrity
Dennis Christopher ... Ben Travis
Biff McGuire ... Governor Davis
Christopher Guest ... Roger
Penelope Milford ... Denise Travis
Bonnie Bartlett ... Mrs. Garrity
Jorge Cervera Jorge Cervera ... Marshal Perez
Nathan Cook Nathan Cook ... Officer Caine
Linda Dangcil Linda Dangcil ... Fabi
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Harry
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... S.W.A.T. Lieutenant
Michael Pataki ... Dobbs
Natasha Ryan ... Ellie Travis
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A washed-up inventor takes matters into his own hands in a very extreme way when he learns that his house will be condemned and his beloved children left on the street.

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If you step on Danny Travis...you better use both feet.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Number See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suncrest,Sundance See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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RICHARD HARRIS DISPLAYS HIS AMERICAN PERSONA.
4 May 2004 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

The talent of Richard Harris at using widely differing dialects is the most compelling aspect of this highly manipulative and tritely written film wherein Harris portrays Danny Travis, a visionary but failed inventor who, despite widowerhood, has raised three children, albeit in a state of genteel poverty with their home being a Los Angeles apartment building that has been condemned by State officials in order to erect a massive mixed purpose complex upon the site. Urban renewal in this case translates into large monetary profit for the responsible insiders, and when a County Marshal attempts to dislodge Danny and his brood, Travis takes him prisoner and becomes a national celebrity due to contrivances arranged by a television reporter, played by Karen Black, and in the face of the best efforts of a former neighbour (well-played by Martin Landau) of Danny, the police captain in command of the hostage situation. A self-described Irish immigrant, Travis has virtually no accent and this noteworthy acting skill of Harris possesses far more interest than a plot that has only the most tortured connection with credibility and is further marred by an extraordinarily poor depiction of L.A.P.D. Swat tactics; the title refers to uncertainty as to which will have the final word: government, media, or an individual; curiously, a rushed ending leaves any answer in doubt.


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