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The Last Word (2017)

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Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

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Mark Pellington

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet
Amanda Seyfried ... Anne
AnnJewel Lee Dixon ... Brenda (as AnnJewel Lee Majestic Dixon)
Thomas Sadoski ... Robin Sands
Philip Baker Hall ... Edward
Gedde Watanabe ... Gardener
Tom Everett Scott ... Ronald Odom
Joel Murray ... Joe Mueller
Yvette Freeman ... Housekeeper
Valeri Ross ... Wanda Byers (as Valerie Ross)
Anne Heche ... Elizabeth
Steven Culp ... Sam Sherman
Adina Porter ... Bree Wilson
Todd Louiso ... Dr. Morgan
Chloe Wepper ... Agency Receptionist
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Storyline

Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne (Amanda Seyfried), the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship. Written by Bleecker Street

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Some stories begin at the end. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,630, 5 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,782,667, 19 May 2017
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Veteran British actress Millicent Martin enjoys a quick cameo as a "Margaret Dumont". This was surely slipped in as a sly tribute to the legendary character actress Margaret Dumont by the film's star, Shirley MacLaine, who'd appeared with her in What a Way to Go! (1964). See more »

Goofs

KOXA,the radio station Harriet gets a job at, is 107.2 FM. In the U.S., FM-radio stations broadcast on odd frequencies. It would be either 107.1 or 107.3, not 107.2. See more »

Quotes

Harriet: Fall on your face. Fail. Fail spectacularly. Because when you fail, you learn. When you fail, you live.
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Connections

References Deadpool (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Woman
Written and Performed by Rosie Lowe
Published by Domino Publishing Company of America Inc.
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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How to destroy an icon
21 May 2017 | by akulier-13288See all my reviews

Oh my God! Shirley, one of the greatest actresses of all time, has not deserved this. Consistently bad acting throughout all parts of the movie and all actors, even Shirley, sloppy directing and a story that has more holes than a Swiss cheese. Not one bit of the movie is believable, not one minute touching or moving. I was so excited to finally see the movie, all the more was I disappointed. This is how you destroy the fame of an icon. Pity.


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