The Last Detail

The Last DetailBBB.5

(out of 5)

 is marvelous as a marine who along with  is assigned to escort from his court martial to the jail where he will serve a prison sentence. Getting to know him while on the road, the two supervising soldiers realize that Quaid is still fresh to many experiences of the world, so they decide to show him around a little before locking him behind bars. Terrific performances aren’t fully compensatory for a rather plodding narrative or Hal Ashby’s merely satisfactory direction, but it’s a great character study with plenty of enjoyable moments.

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USA, 1973

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1974

Cast Tags:  ,, ,, ,, , , , , ,, ,, ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson as “Signalman First Class Buddusky”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Randy Quaid as “Meadows”)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) (Robert Towne)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jack Nicholson)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Randy Quaid)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Actor  (Jack Nicholson)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

British Academy Awards
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Best Screenplay

Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid)


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