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The Last Boy Scout (1991)

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A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

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Tony Scott

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Shane Black (story), Greg Hicks (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Joe Hallenbeck
Damon Wayans ... Jimmy Dix
Chelsea Field ... Sarah Hallenbeck
Noble Willingham ... Sheldon Marcone
Taylor Negron ... Milo
Danielle Harris ... Darian Hallenbeck
Halle Berry ... Cory
Bruce McGill ... Mike Matthews
Badja Djola ... Alley Thug
Kim Coates ... Chet
Chelcie Ross ... Senator Baynard
Joe Santos ... Bessalo
Clarence Felder ... McCaskey
Tony Longo ... Big Ray Walton
Frank Collison ... Pablo
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Storyline

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence and very strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den siste scouten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,923,669, 15 December 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,509,925
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Scott wanted Grace Jones to play the small part of Cory, but the producers opposed the idea and Halle Berry was cast instead. See more »

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In the beginning of the film when Jimmy throws the football at his old teammate, he clearly hits him in the forehead and he grabs his forehead, but in the next shot his nose is broken. See more »

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[first lines]
Locker Room Kid: Billy Cole. Billy Cole.
Head Coach: The first half stunk! Open the holes up! Get in there like hogs! Like pigs!
Locker Room Kid: Billy Cole. You got a call on line three.
Head Coach: Let's go out there in this half and kick some butt! Let's get out of this town as a winner! I hate Cleveland!
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Alternate Versions

The Finnish K16 version is heavily cut. It has lost several scenes entirely to the scissors. The whacked-put baseball player shooting other players in the beginning of the movie has been shortened, the beating of Willis in the alley, Willis shooting thugs from both hips, Willis bashing a guy's nose to his brains, Willis shooting thugs holding his gun inside a puppet, Damon Wayans' hand being shot is completely removed, and Willis killing "the bad guy" (him splattering to the helicopter is no more either). See more »

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well written and directed
2 May 2005 | by edmassSee all my reviews

We watched this on an encore channel and given it's mediocre 2 star rating and age of 14 years we didn't really expect much. First, we aren't connoisseurs of the action flick and maybe it's too uneven to please people who really dote on the genre. There are a couple of places where the plot is advanced without much pretext other than the need to cut to an exciting bit of action. And there are a couple of action scenes that a good editor would simply have cut.

But Willis and Wayans give energetic and nicely tuned performances. Chelsea Field is just perfect in a limited role as the detective's wife. The villains are far better drawn than the usual bunch of lazy thugs. And Danielle Harris steals the show as Darian Hallenbeck, the feisty and foul-mouthed 13 year old daughter. She grows during the film with barely an effort – by either writer or actor. A part written with great comic creativity. Really the best thing about a film that has a lot of imaginative lines and action moments.

And there are lots of places in this film where the writers give us lines that are head and shoulders above typical film dialog – and way, way beyond the norm for most action movies. A quick guess would be that there were a dozen places where a good line turned up instead of the usual clichés.


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