An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career.

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Andrew Wagner

Writers:

Brian Morton (novel), Fred Parnes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Leonard Schiller
Lauren Ambrose ... Heather Wolfe
Patti Perkins Patti Perkins ... Dolores
Lili Taylor ... Ariel Schiller
Adrian Lester ... Casey Davis
Dennis Parlato Dennis Parlato ... Author
Jeff McCarthy ... Charles
Michael Cumpsty ... Victor
Jessica Hecht ... Sandra Bennett
Karl Bury ... Frederick
Sean T. Krishnan ... Cab Driver
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Nick
Anitha Gandhi ... Chelsea
Joie Lee ... Second Author
John C. Havens John C. Havens ... Jeff the Doorman
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Storyline

Against the backdrop of Manhattan's changing literary and publishing world, aging novelist Leonard Schiller is asked by Heather Wolfe, a graduate student and budding literary critic, to agree to interviews. He's reluctant to spend the time: his health is failing and he wants to finish one more book. Also he's worried about his daughter, Ariel, who's approaching 40, underemployed, single and wanting a child. But he agrees, hoping Heather can help resurrect interest in his work. As Heather probes Frank's writing and his past, Ariel reconnects to a former lover. Emotions can be raw and messy, and as relationships change, who gets the better part of the bargain? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Last Chapter Was Just the Start

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stu Richel played the husband of Jill Eikenberry in a scene with her former lover, played by Frank Langella. The Jill-Frank relationship was thought not to be "central to the spine of the story" and was dropped in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Heather sits down to drink coffee with Leonard in the morning in his apartment, they each pour coffee in their cups. Yet, when they both sit down to talk and sip, there is no coffee in either of their cups. See more »

Quotes

Leonard Schiller: I sit. i look for the typewriter keys. Sometimes I find them.
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Connections

References The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »

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Driving Through
Written and Performed by Jennifer O'Connor
Courtesy of Red Panda Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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The WORST movie of all time!!!
11 February 2008 | by mxk-2See all my reviews

This is without doubt one of the most curdled, stiltingly boring movies I have ever seen. The self indulgent pretensions of the writer, director and actors are celebrated and regurgitated for a mind numbing two hours. Frank Langella is a fabulous stage presence ill served with this atrocious script. No one on this planet talks the way he has these characters converse - except for smirking little literary pretenders without an ounce of creativity or artistic talent. The unappealing and untalented supporting cast does their tortured best to support the thesis that a horrible script can be overcome by a cast celebrating the holy grail of literature. Hogwash. This is deplorable self indulgence like I've never seen. I HATED this movie. And don't believe any of these positive reviews. You don't think these little Indie films have figured out the upside of loading up the IMDb site?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starting Out in the Evening See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,214, 25 November 2007

Gross USA:

$898,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$898,786
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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