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The Last Word (1995)

A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Martin Ryan
Joe Pantoliano ... Doc
Michelle Burke ... Sara
Chazz Palminteri ... Ricky
Richard Dreyfuss ... Larry
Tony Goldwyn ... Stan
Cybill Shepherd ... Kiki Taylor
Roma Downey ... Roxy
Joe Cortese ... Jimmy (as Joseph Cortese)
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Angie
Nick Melle Nick Melle ... Lou
Joe Kennedy ... Jason
Dayton Callie ... Encee
Leon Morenzie ... Policeman (Mitch)
Mark Neal Mark Neal ... Thug in Doorway


A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction really go together? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Lies pay. Sex sells. Money talks. How far would you go for...


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some violent images | See all certifications »






Release Date:

27 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosa Nostra: The Last Word See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


Film debut of Roma Downey. See more »


Performed by Annaporna with Paul Buckmaster
Written by Scott Thomas
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Twice I thought it would get better. It didn't.
31 December 2002 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Martin Ryan is a Detroit newpaper columnist who writes about 'Scenes from Everyday Life.' Some of the subjects of his columns don't like what he writes, and one person has even gotten killed because of what Ryan wrote. Sarah is a stripper who agrees to be interviewed, but she doesn't like what Ryan writes. It doesn't matter, because they begin a romantic relationship, even though Ryan is married (if they showed Ryan's wife I don't remember; during the first half of the movie I couldn't figure out what was going on half the time). Doc is a former mobster who arranges to have a movie made based on the columns, and he, Ryan and Sarah go to Hollywood. There, Sarah meets an old friend, an Irish former stripper (Roma Downey), and we find out she has a past she didn't tell Ryan about. Ryan tries to Make sure Sarah's past won't be shown too negatively just to make the movie better, but Doc is in debt to some goons who have followed him, and he has to do what the producers want. I was looking forward to seeing more of Richard Dreyfuss, but that didn't happen. Also, when the time came to actually film the movie-within-a-movie, we met Cybill Shepherd, who played the actress who played Sarah. She was surely going to add more. And Jimmy Smits played the actor doing Ryan's part, but we never saw him except when he was playing Ryan. Just when it seemed there was a lot more to accomplish, the movie suddenly ended. Sarah liked painting, so the movie may appeal to those who like art that doesn't actually look like what it depicts. Fans of the music of Toni Childs (whoever that is) may also like the movie. There is some good stunt work in flashbacks, if you like seeing a man set on fire. Personally, I just didn't see that this movie reached its potential.

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