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Last Orders

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2001
  • Fred Schepisi
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel by Graham Swift, starring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay and Helen Mirren. Four Londoners on a journey to scatter a friend's ashes from Margate pier share vivid and often conflicting memories of their past. Can their friendship survive the secrets revealed along the way?

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Graham Swift's meditative, Booker Prize-winning novel, with its story told through multiple interior monologues, should have been a tough one to adapt for the screen. But writer/director Fred Schepisi has done a sterling job with the tricky material, assembling a dream cast to flesh out this deceptively simple, 1980s-set tale of four friends - Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, all on peak form - who travel from London to Margate to scatter the ashes of a fifth (Michael Caine, seen in intelligently interwoven flashback). Not only is Last Orders a touching and perceptive drama about the war generation and something of a pocket guide to 40 years of British screen acting (Helen Mirren also features as Caine's long-suffering wife), it's also a British road movie about friendship, deceit and loss. Moving and funny, it shows south-east England in a green and pleasant light - scenes in Canterbury Cathedral and at the Chatham war memorial have a particular sense of place. Perhaps it took an outsider's eye - Schepisi is Australian - to capture the indomitable spirit and the absurd brave face of this island and its islanders.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack DoddsMichael Caine
Ray "Lucky" JohnsonBob Hoskins
Vic TuckerTom Courtenay
Lenny TateDavid Hemmings
Vince Dodds Ray Winstone
AmyHelen Mirren
Young JackJ J Feild
Young RayAnatol Yusef
Young VicCameron Fitch
Young LennyNolan Hemmings
Young AmyKelly Reilly
Young VinceStephen McCole
BernieGeorge Innes

Crew

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DirectorFred Schepisi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2021-05-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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