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The Last Good Time (1994)

Joseph, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, he stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Balaban

Writers:

Richard Bausch (novel), Bob Balaban (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Joseph
Olivia d'Abo ... Charlotte
Lionel Stander ... Howard Singer
Maureen Stapleton ... Ida Cutler
Adrian Pasdar ... Eddie
Zohra Lampert ... Barbara
Kevin Corrigan ... Frank
Molly Powell Molly Powell ... Dorothy
Jody Wilson Jody Wilson ... Mrs. Wilder
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Nurse Westman
Burtt Harris Burtt Harris ... Supermarket Manager
Kenneth Simmons ... Bartender (as Ken Simmons)
Gino Lucci Gino Lucci ... Bus Driver
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Joseph, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, he stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for entertainment. This routine is disrupted, however, when he witnesses a violent fight between his neighbor, Eddie, and his girlfriend Charlotte. He takes an interest in her, eventually taking her in when he learns that she has no place to stay. The gentle Kopple possesses a traditional, European restraint, while she is tough and jaded. Nevertheless, the two soon become close companions, sharing their pain and finding unexpected solace in each other.

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He was her only hope. She was his last chance.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Lionel Stander's last film. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Zwicki: You're a nice guy, Joseph.
Joseph Kopple: You're drunk.
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Unusual, sweet, humanity affirming movie.
19 June 2001 | by djexplorerSee all my reviews

I only tuned into this movie on cable half or 1/3 way through it, so normally I wouldn't venture a comment. However, there are only two, so I will. I'd really like to see the whole thing through.

This is a charming, life affirming movie. It operates well outside the stereotypes.

It's the seventy year old, Armin Mueller-Stahl, who carries the movie. We are all aware of older men, maybe even this old, who charm younger women. But when they are this old they always need to be either seriously rich, or seriously famous and accomplished in movie land, and for that matter, general popular culture. Mueller-Stahl is none of those things -- although he is well educated, thoughtful, and a talented violin player -- a minor artist. What he is most of all though is a really good listener -- and someone who at root is kind and loving -- even if he had tended to withdraw into a cynical and loner shell.

Of course the 20 something (Olivia D'Abo) has to be needy for there to be any chance of even a passing chemistry between them -- but she is. She gets beaten up by an abusive boyfriend who she knows is headed nowhere's ville with his lowlife criminal lifestyle. The Stahl - D'Abo relationship definitely is mostly father-daughter. But after his generosity, and concern, but lack of preachiness to her, she gives him what she knows will be a precious gift -- and it is.

A sweet movie.

(And I'm decades younger than Stahl.)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca hay una última vez See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gross USA:

$65,081
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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