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Last Dance (1996)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 3 May 1996 (USA)
A lawyer assigned to the clemency case of a woman on death row finds himself forming a deep friendship with her while he tries to prevent her impending execution.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Steven Haft (story), Ron Koslow (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Cindy Liggett
Rob Morrow ... Rick Hayes
Randy Quaid ... Sam Burns
Peter Gallagher ... John Hayes
Jack Thompson ... The Governor
Jayne Brook ... Jill
Pamala Tyson Pamala Tyson ... Linda, Legal Aid Attorney
Skeet Ulrich ... Billy, Cindy's Brother
Don Harvey ... Doug
Diane Sellers ... Inmate Reggie
Patricia French ... Guard Frances
Jeffrey Buckner Ford Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... D.A. Rusk (as Jeffrey Ford)
Dave Hager ... Detective Vollo
Christine Cattell ... Louise
Peg Allen Peg Allen ... Helen
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Storyline

Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep friendship, while all the while the date for her execution draws nearer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Sometimes justice is a crime

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Último recurso See more »

Filming Locations:

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,858,000
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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of Hollywood movies set in the American South directed by Australian director Bruce Beresford. The films include Last Dance (1996), Rich in Love (1992), Tender Mercies (1983) Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). See more »

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Referenced in The Prisoners Dilemma (2012) See more »

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Feed the Fire
Written by Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas (as Samuel Llanas)
Performed by BoDeans
Courtesy of Slash Records/Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Good Stone,bad plot.
29 September 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Susan Hayward set her standards so high as far as this kind of performance is concerned that every actress who tries her hand at the death row will fatally be compared to her.Robert Wise 's "I want to live" remains vivid in memory .But Sharon Stone walks out with honors.She's a genuine thespian here,giving up glamour,seduction and sophistication ,but not necessarily her basic instincts which led her to the death sentence.She displays restraint in her gestures and her words,her relationship with other inmates rings true,particularly with the black woman.Her interest in art drawing is credible.

Sadly,she's supported neither by the rest of the cast,nor by the plot.Her attentive escort is a rather bland actor,who seems more to go touring round the jail than care for his unfortunate protégée.And what a man!We learn that he is a young man of means whose fortune fluctuates as the years pass by.That's the main flaw:the movie would like to be realistic,it is melodramatic to the core.Outside the lawyer's story,we deal with a black convict,who redeemed himself in jail,who wrote a book,which became a best-seller,and he passed a law degree ,you name it...Alas poor Sharon/Cindy killed a wealthy man's son (and his girlfriend),but she was never given a chance ,being born on the wrong side of town.A glance into her aunt's "house" tells it all.That's too much.

There is a successful short scene.Morrow asks the female victim's mother to sign a petition;and although she's an adept of "thou shalt not kill",she refuses.Hardly one minute,but these few words say a lot more than the preachy chatter of the rest of the plot.But the "false " ending -and there's also a ridiculous Indian epilogue- gives the coup de grâce to the movie.


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