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Last Chance Harvey (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 January 2009 (USA)
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In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.

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Joel Hopkins

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Joel Hopkins
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Harvey Shine
Emma Thompson ... Kate Walker
Eileen Atkins ... Maggie
Kathy Baker ... Jean
Liane Balaban ... Susan
James Brolin ... Brian
Richard Schiff ... Marvin
Tim Howar Tim Howar ... Johnnie (as Timothy Howar)
Wendy Mae Brown Wendy Mae Brown ... Aggie
Bronagh Gallagher ... Oonagh
Jeremy Sheffield ... Matt
Daniel Lapaine ... Scott (as Daniel LaPaine)
Patrick Baladi ... Simon
Adam James ... Josh Hillman
Michael Landes ... Peter Turner
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Storyline

Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is in London for the weekend for his daughter Susan's (Liane Balaban's) wedding. His work in New York City preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss Marvin (Richard Schiff) is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family, he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife Jean (Kathy Baker) remarried, her husband Brian (James Brolin) is closer to his daughter than him. His path crosses that of Kate Walker (Dame Emma Thompson), unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he talks to Kate at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? Back at his daughter's reception, Brian rises to give a toast. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When it comes to love, is it ever too late to take a chance? See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman is twenty-two years older than Dame Emma Thompson. At one point, her character mentions her father having a heart problem. Hoffman is only eight years younger than Thompson's late father Eric Thompson. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding ceremony scene, Harvey's daughter is wearing a very casual beige dress, but later at the reception she is wearing a formal beaded wedding gown with ornaments in her hair. However, this is a common practice in British weddings: for each event the dress gets more formal. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Shine: Are you on a holiday?
Attractive Woman: No. Business.
[pause]
Attractive Woman: You?
Harvey Shine: Oh, my daughter's getting married.
Attractive Woman: Congratulations.
Harvey Shine: Yeah, thanks. Well, kind of. She's American, he's American, and they're still getting married in London. I told her we have a perfectly good wedding system here. I mean they both work in London. That's why there...
Airline Stewardess: [hands wine to Harvey] There you are, sir.
Harvey Shine: Oh, thanks. Thanks very much. Can I just give you this?
Airline Stewardess: Yes.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits there is one more scene added. See more »

Connections

Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.14 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Apples
Written & Performed by Michael Hampton
Courtesy of Fat Rabbit Music
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Change-of-life film, hope of fall romance
12 November 2009 | by brian_r_wrightSee all my reviews

It's going to be a stretch for John Q. American to identify with Harvey Shine. He's a New York musician whose youthful ambition was to play jazz piano professionally, but his career has instead found him writing jingles for television ads. Which brings in plenty of money and sets up his family in that New York-to-London artistic social strata, where many of the dependents on such wealth regard it as a birthright... to go to the right schools, to have the right relationships, to know the right people, to be seen in the right society pages, and so on.

Harvey's wife Jean (Kathy Baker) and daughter Susan (Liane Balaban) do an excellent job of pegging out the superficiality meter... though toward the end of the movie they tone it down some.

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Brian Wright Copyright 2009


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,260, 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$14,889,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,568,427
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