The Last Detail

  • 18
  • Hal Ashby (1973)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Prior to their collaboration on the Oscar-winning Chinatown, star Jack Nicholson and writer Robert Towne worked with director Hal Ashby (Shampoo) on this salty sailor's tale. The Oscar-nominated drama has genuine combustible power as it follows the fortunes of two tough naval petty officers (Nicholson and Otis Young) and the pathetic young criminal (Randy Quaid) that they have to escort to jail. Towne's script consists almost entirely of profanities and justifiably so, considering the characters aren't exactly choirboys. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, this thoroughly engrossing movie contains one of Nicholson's most memorable roles, which is saying something considering the consistent brilliance of his performances in the early 1970s.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid. While awaiting orders at a naval base in Virginia, two petty officers are assigned the task of accompanying a young sailor convicted of theft to a jail in New Hampshire. At first they are dismayed by their bumbling charge, but as the journey progresses their attitude towards him begins to change.

Cast and crew

Cast

Billy "Bad Ass" Buddusky
Jack Nicholson
"Mule" Mulhall
Otis Young
Larry Meadows
Randy Quaid
Chief master-at-arms
Clifton James
Marine duty officer
Michael Moriarty
Young whore
Carol Kane
Donna
Luana Anders
Kathleen
Kathleen Miller
Nancy
Nancy Allen
Henry
Gerry Salsberg
Bartender
Don McGovern
Madame
Pat Hamilton
Taxi Driver
Michael Chapman
Sweek
Jim Henshaw
Nichiren Shoshu Member
Derek McGrath
Nichiren Shoshu Member
Gilda Radner
Nichiren Shoshu Member
Jim Horn
Nichiren Shoshu Member
John Castellano

Crew

Director
Hal Ashby

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Warner Dists
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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