A movie director-screenwriter finds a man to finance his latest project but soon discovers that the producer is actually an undercover FBI agent working on a mob sting operation.

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Jeff Nathanson

Writers:

Steve Fishman (article), Jeff Nathanson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Steven Schats
Alec Baldwin ... Joe Devine
Toni Collette ... Emily French
Tony Shalhoub ... Tommy Sanz
Calista Flockhart ... Valerie Weston
Tim Blake Nelson ... Marshal Paris
Buck Henry ... Lonnie Bosco
Ray Liotta ... Jack Devine
Ian Gomez ... Agent Nance
Troy Winbush ... Agent Ray Dawson
Tom McCarthy ... Agent Pike
W. Earl Brown ... Willie Gratzo
Evan Jones ... Troy Haines
Glenn Morshower ... Agent McCaffrey
James Rebhorn ... Abe White
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Storyline

FBI director Jack Devine always sets up his brother Joe as undercover to trick mobsters. His latest cover is as movie producer Joe Diamond, to get Tommy Sanz for Teamster racketeering. His cover requires a script - the one movie theater manager Steven Schats and his brother Marshall 'Paris' wrote, supposedly a cancer biopic. So Steven is hired as director, his greatest dream, even if producing an Arizona desert drama on Rhode Island is far from ideal. When a former Oscar nominee volunteers to star, the cover gets out of hand till everyone believes in it, even the FBI brass- or not? Written by KGF Vissers

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The true story of the greatest movie never made.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie was based on the real life FBI sting operation in the 1980s to infiltrate the Boston mob teamsters. An FBI agent went undercover as a movie studio executive and contracted George Moffly, an aspiring filmmaker, to create it. Throughout the whole time George had no idea that he was making a fake movie. The sting only captured a few minor Mob members. The details of this unusual story can be found in a GQ article (March 2000). See more »

Goofs

In the "burro casting" sequence neither of the animals being considered are burros. They are both mules - the sterile offspring of a burro (donkey) and a horse. See more »

Quotes

[pitching a movie idea]
Hollywood Boulevard Type: Here's the kicker. It's an election day. And he can't vote because he's got no head.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the closing credits, a scene with Steven is shown where he has a new girlfriend, a deaf one this time to tackle the "barking dog" problem. See more »

Connections

References Gremlins (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Looks Like We Made It
(1976)
Written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings
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Casting Was Excellent But Ultimately Disappointing.
27 June 2005 | by BraveHawkSee all my reviews

The Last Shot is a supposedly true story about the FBI, undercover on a fake film set, known only to the few agents involved, trying to lure in an unsuspecting mobster in order to arrest him. With the actors and actresses involved, I expected more. A lot more, actually. While this was not a bad movie, I was still a bit disappointed.

Director Steven Schats (Matthew Broderick) and fake producer Joe Wells (Alec Baldwin) are making a movie called Arizona, which Schats and his brother happened to write. Along the way, Wells, AKA FBI Agent Joe Devine is talking the FBI into going further and further into actually shooting the movie until it seems that the FBI is actually interested in offering Devine a 3 picture deal.

Meanwhile, the casting is beginning and actually getting the attention of worthwhile movie stars, most notably Emily French (Toni Collette). Toni is visually stunning in this movie.

This movie was not too hard to watch, but still, I thought the talent could have made something much better. I miss the charismatic Broderick of Ferris Beuller. Most of the humor seemed to be of low value shock attempts, with the constant cursing. I am not against it, but in this case, it just seemed more childish and cheap than funny. Overall, not too bad but there are plenty of better movies to choose from. 6.5/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,801, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$464,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$541,330
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