The Last Detail

The Last Detail

Hal Ashby (1973)

X Certificate


Our Score
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.


A US Navy officer decides the recruit he is escorting to jail for petty crimes should enjoy one last weekend of freedom before being put behind bars. However, as they spend their time trawling bars and brothels, the prisoner becomes less resigned to his fate. Comedy drama, starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid and Carol Kane.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Hal Ashby
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy