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The Last Word (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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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.






Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harriet
... Anne
... Brenda (as AnnJewel Lee Majestic Dixon)
... Robin Sands
... Edward
... Gardener
... Ronald Odom
... Joe Mueller
... Housekeeper
... Wanda Byers (as Valerie Ross)
... Elizabeth
... Sam Sherman
... Bree Wilson
... Dr. Morgan
... Agency Receptionist


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 »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language. | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Anne: She puts the bitch in obituary.
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References Gods of Egypt (2016) See more »


Why Don't He Understand
Written by Billy Collins
Performed by Delores White
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Pleasant but not great
24 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a predictable movie - will not give anything away as you will see it for yourself. Shirley Maclaine is fun to watch and believable -she is a lady used to having her way and all of a sudden she is having questions about how she will be remembered. The main characters beside her, are the obit writer and the young person she is going to help and turn their life around. This is a film that is easy to watch, predictable and believable. Just not a great one but a good way to spend the afternoon.

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