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.


Tony Scott


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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


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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Did You Know?


Joe's tan car is a 1971 Buick "Boat tail" Riviera. See more »


During the shootout outside of the strip club, it is raining hard throughout and until the end of the scene. When Jimmy kneels down next to Corey's body, however, the rain stops and restarts again to finish the scene. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in 22 Jump Street (2014) See more »


Friday Night's A Great Night For Football
Written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis
Produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by Bill Medley
Courtesy of Curb Records
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One of the best underrated action movies ever made!
29 November 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is the best action movie from the 90's. It is my favorite action movie from Tony Scott and Bruce Willis. I would put this movie right beside Die Hard 2 (1990), because both of the movies come out in the 90's which Bruce Willis started it. Both of the movies did a great job! Every time I watch this movie, I just miss the 90's. The 80's and the 90's had such a great action movies. Bruce Willis wasn't over hyped than like he is now, he as a true sold out. In this film he completely Entertains me. The action and the story are so good in here that you just wanna keep watching it. The acting in here is superb and the action scenes are outstanding and fantastic. You have a lot of famous actors in here. If you're a fan of bloody old-school action and one-liners, you must watch this! Script is simple, witty one-liners are all over the place and Willis does a great job playing a rundown detective.

Tony Scott does a great job directing action movies and it is a shame that he passed away in 2012. I have always enjoyed his movies beside The Last Boy Scout there are Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Enemy of the State and Man on Fire movies. Tony Scott is very missed by fans including me. So in this movie you have actors like are: Noble Willingham from Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) TV Series, Halle Berry from X-Men, Bruce McGill from MacGyver, Joe Santos from TV Series: The Rockford Files, MacGyver and Magnum P.I., Kim Coates from Prison Break, Chelsea Field from Commando (1985) she was a stewardess on an airplane where John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gets on a board on the airplane and Billy Blanks. You have full cast of actors and actresses I have memorized from TV Shows and from movies.

1991's The Last Boy Scout paired Bruce Willis with Damien Wayans in this scripted buddy flick from Shane Black who gave us Lethal Weapon. Boy Scout uses the various themes expected from such a genre film and Willis gives an A-1 performance as a wise-crackin' half-in-the-bag detective out to help Wayan's character of Jimmy Dicks search for his girlfriends killer and also put a stop to a plot to kill a senator and legalize sports gambling all at the same time. Boy Scout was directed by Tony Scott who knows how to tell action stories. This has it all. Solid action with lots of twisted humor tossed in. Honestly I love this. Perfect action for the era with as many cheesy punch lines as you can squeeze in. Second only to Die Hard.

Thrilling action beautifully directed by Tony Scott....a to-the-point story that actually has you invested...and a great leading Willis all make for a good movie but what makes this movie GREAT is the duo of Willis and Wayans and the chemistry they share together....I know your thinking that a pairing like that is a DISASTER for an action movie but let me tell you it is the complete opposite...the duo is the main reason the movie flows so well....so I say buy this movie because you surely wont be disappointed.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Bruce Willis ("Die Hard", "Sin City") and Emmy-nominee Damon Wayans (TV's "My Wife and Kids," TV's "In Living Color") team up as an ex-secret service agent and a former pro-football hero who uncover a web of intrigue and corruption in professional sports when they team up to investigate the murder of the football player's stripper girlfriend. That's your basic plot. The movie has action impact and it is action packed from beginning till end. Joe (Bruce Willis) has always great liens he uses in the movie. He is straight and honest guy who his daughter and wife does not respect him. He is an ex washed up secret service agent man turning in to private detective. He has to protect a striper when she is killed he teams up with washed up pro football player. The movie also evolves, scandals, extraction, gambling deb, alcoholism and so on. The film is violent, and bloody, there are a lot of hand guns and machine guns used in this movie and they are used well. This movie is a perfect 10 for me and it is my favorite action movie from Bruce Willis and Tony Scott.

The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was released in the United States on December 13, 1991.

10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Geffen Pictures, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros. Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry, Bruce McGill, Kim Coates, Chelcie Ross, Joe Santos, Billy Blanks Director: Tony Scott Producers: Joel Silver, Michael Levy Screenplay: Shane Black Story by Shane Black, Greg Hicks Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 45 Mins. Budget: $29.000.000 Box Office: $59,509,925

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,923,669, 15 December 1991

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