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The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

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The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 16:9 (720x480) VBR | 01:43:56 | 3.9 Gb
Audio: #1 English AC3 2.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subs: English, English HoH
Português, Español, 한국어 , 中文, ภาษาไทย
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Two Navy "lifers" and one military innocent briefly attempt to thumb their nose at Authority in Hal Ashby's The Last Detail (1973). "Badass" Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young) are assigned to escort young sailor Meadows (Randy Quaid) from their Virginia base to a New England military prison, where Meadows will serve an eight-year sentence for attempting to swipe the commander's wife's polio donation can. Buddusky thinks that the sentence is a waste of Meadows' formative years, and he convinces a skeptical Mulhall to show the hapless Meadows a good time by partying on their per diem for the rest of the detail's allotted week. As they head north, the comically posturing Buddusky leads Meadows through the masculinizing rituals of getting drunk, getting in a fight, and getting laid; and he teaches Meadows to stand up for himself so well that Meadows tries to escape. Despite his self-proclaimed "badass" rep, however, Buddusky is, as Mulhall tells him, "a lifer like me," and the two ultimately have a job that they were ordered to do. Taking full advantage of the new ratings system, writer Robert Towne adapted the Darryl Ponicsan novel with an ear for how Navy men really talk. Objecting to the wall-to-wall obscenities, Columbia put off releasing the movie, but, after Nicholson won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival, finally opened it for Oscar consideration in December 1973 before a full release several months later. Even with nominations for Nicholson, Quaid, and Towne, and rave reviews despite the notorious cussing, The Last Detail failed to find an audience.

Synopsis by Lucia Bozzola, Allmovie.com

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

In terms of “shit assignments,” this one’s relatively simple: Transport kleptomaniac sailor Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) from his Norfolk, Virginia, Navy base to the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, prison where he’ll serve time for trying to steal $40. But after petty officers Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young) realize how much of a bum hand Meadows is being dealt—an eight-year prison term for the meager theft—they decide to stretch the journey as much as possible. What could be an easy two-day trip becomes a five-day odyssey of beer, broads and badass behavior, and it results in one of the finest works of ’70s American cinema.

The tough, salty script by Chinatown’s Robert Towne never pulls punches or succumbs to easy sentiment, while Hal Ashby’s boozily generous direction allows potentially shapeless scenes, like a drunken all-nighter or a brothel stopover, to breathe with instinctual, off-the-cuff potency. Michael Chapman’s gritty cinematography, meanwhile, grounds the digressive revelry in harsh winter surroundings that seem haunted by the dual specters of Vietnam and a trickster President on the verge of disgrace. Yet it’s the stellar central ensemble that commands the most attention: Nicholson’s cigar-chomping, profanity-spouting grunt is one of the greatest incarnations of stunted machismo onscreen, and he’s brilliantly complemented by Quaid’s picture-perfect awkwardness and Young’s bracing cynicism. (Sadly, the imposing, basso-voiced actor all but vanished from movies afterward.) There’s a once-in-a-lifetime feeling to the trio’s every interaction—not only as characters but as performers—that makes the film’s casually tragic climax that much more devastating.

Review by Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

IMDB 7,6/10
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Director: Hal Ashby

Writers: Robert Towne (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Clifton James, Carol Kane and other

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]

The Last Detail (1973) [Re-Up]


Special Features:

- Talent files
- Theatrical trailer
- Bonus trailers for: "Wolf", "As Good As It Gets" and "A Few Good Men"

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