Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Last Detail (1973)


Hal Ashby directed, off a Robert Towne script, Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as two foul-mouthed sailors detailed to transport gawky, naive Randy Quaid to prison, where he is to serve eight years for [not] stealing $40 from the charity box. Five minutes into the movie, you accept that the two veterans will soon bond with their innocuous cohort before teaching him a thing or two about drinking, brawling and whoring, all of it leading to the final revelation that the world is cruel and unjust. So all you can do is sit back, watch them get on with it and try get as much as you can out of the famously colourful dialogue and finely tuned performances.

dir: Hal Ashby
wr: Robert Towne
ph: Michael Chapman
cast: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Michael Moriarty, Carol Kane, Luana Anders, Nancy Allen


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