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Last Orders (2001)

R | | Drama | 11 January 2002 (UK)
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A group of old friends reminisce about their lives over the years after the death of one of their crew.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Graham Swift (novel), Fred Schepisi
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jack
Tom Courtenay ... Vic
David Hemmings ... Lenny
Bob Hoskins ... Ray
Helen Mirren ... Amy
Ray Winstone ... Vince
JJ Feild ... Young Jack
Cameron Fitch Cameron Fitch ... Young Vic
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ... Young Lenny
Anatol Yusef ... Young Ray
Kelly Reilly ... Young Amy
Stephen McCole ... Young Vince
George Innes ... Bernie
Laura Morelli Laura Morelli ... June
Sally Hurst Sally Hurst ... Mandy
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Storyline

Jack Dodd (Sir Michael Caine) was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over fifty years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died, he had a final request, "Last Orders", that his ashes be scattered in the sea at Margate. This movie follows his mates, Ray (Bob Hoskins), Lenny (David Hemmings), and Vic (Sir Tom Courtenay), and his son Vince (Ray Winstone) as they journey to the sea with the ashes. Along the way, the threads of their lives, their loves and their disappointments are woven together in their memories of Jack and his wife Amy (Dame Helen Mirren).

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las últimas órdenes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£100,560 (United Kingdom), 13 January 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,528, 17 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,326,407, 4 August 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of six movies that featured both Bob Hoskins and Sir Michael Caine. The others being Blue Ice (1992), Mona Lisa (1986), Sweet Liberty (1986), Beyond the Limit (1983), and for television, World War II: When Lions Roared (1994). See more »

Goofs

When the chaps make a stop for lunch in a pub on the way down to Margate, Vince tells Lenny'it's a quarter to two'. Later, once they reach Margate, they drive past a municipal clock, with the hands set at five-and-twenty to two (13:35). See more »

Quotes

Jack: If y... if you ever get the chance... Raysy. I... if, if you ever get the option - you go first. It's the carrying on that's hard.
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Connections

Features Bagpuss (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(1941)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
Performed by The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Directed by Michael Law
Musical contractor: Roz Colls at Music Matters
Recorded at Angel Studios
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The trip to Margate
7 February 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Graham Swift's brilliant novel serves as the basis of this film, adapted and directed by Fred Schipisi, who gathered some of the best English talent to give life to the characters of the novel in a satisfying film that will not disappoint.

We are taken to a local pub where three old friends have gone to have a drink before embarking on a trip to Margate. When Vic arrives with a box, it's made clear the ashes of another friend is what has prompted the reunion. In flashbacks, we are taken to see Jack's life from the days of WWII and the way the four friends have met and how their lives have been intertwined.

There is also Amy, Jack's widow, who is taking a trip on her own to visit a daughter who has been committed to an institution because she is mentally challenged. Amy is also a key figure in the story because of the love Jack felt for her.

Vince, Jack's son, is driving a late model car to Margate and takes Vic, Ray and Lenny with him. the purpose is to scatter the ashes in the place which Jack wanted to live with Amy, but never got around to it. Vince, is the key figure in the story, which is made clear when he makes a detour to a place that is the pivotal part of this tale.

Michael Caine is Jack, the dead man, who is seen in flashbacks. Bob Hoskins plays Ray. David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay are seen as Lenny and Vic. Helen Merrin is magnificent in a subtle performance as Amy. Ray Winstone is Vince.

Fred Schipisi succeeded in creating the right atmosphere in the adaptation of the novel. His sensitive direction works well and he gets excellent backing from his distinguished cast.


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