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The Last Detail (1973)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 14, 1999

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Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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• The Last Detail
• Das Letzte Kommando (1975)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Military, Buddies, On The Road, Teenage, Prostitution, Racy, Thieves, Prison, Cult Classic

Tagline: No *#@!!* Navy's going to give some poor **!!@* kid eight years in the #@!* brig without me taking him out for the time of his *#@!!* life.

Plot: In THE LAST DETAIL the winning combination of director Hal Ashby, screenwriter Robert Towne, and actor Jack Nicholson turned an unheralded novel by Darryl Ponicsan into one of the first of what are now thought of as the classic films of the1970s. Navy lifers Badass Budduskey (Nicholson) and Mule Mulhall (Otis Young) are given a week to escort a teenage petty thief, Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid), from Virginia to the naval penitentiary in Maine. Their plan to bring him there quickly, and spend the remaining time having a good time themselves, changes when they come to sympathize with the naive Meadows. He’s clearly an uncontrollable kleptomaniac given an unjust sentence, so they decide to include him in their plans. But as they escort him through the entire sixties scene, from bars, brawls, and drug-addled parties to a visit to a prostitute (Carol Kane), they come to feel that showing him the world he’ll be missing in prison might not be the act of kindness they intended.

The film features a breakthrough performance by Nicholson. The killer smile, quick anger, and antiestablishment attitude that brought him stardom in CHINATOWN is well controlled by Ashby’s direction. He never lets Nicholson steal the show. The balance with Quaid's and Young’s strong performances makes for a very

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 Directed by
Hal Ashby
Being There, Harold and Maude, Shampoo
 Written by
Robert Towne
Chinatown, Days of Thunder, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Darryl Ponicsan
Random Hearts, Vision Quest, The Boost
Jack Nicholson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, As Good as It Gets
Randy Quaid
Independence Day, Brokeback Mountain, Not Another Teen Movie
Carol Kane
The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon
Nancy Allen
Out of Sight, RoboCop, Carrie
Gilda Radner
The Woman in Red, The Rutles, Haunted Honeymoon
Otis Young
Blood Beach, The Capture of Bigfoot
Clifton James
Cool Hand Luke, Lone Star, Superman II
 Music By
Johnny Mandel
Caddyshack, Being There, The Verdict

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