• The Last Detail (1973)

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The Last Detail

Release Date: March 6th, 1973

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 1999

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

When sailor Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) is sentenced to eight years in a New Hampshire prison, Navy lifers Billy Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Mule Mulhall (Otis Young) are assigned to escort him there from Virginia. Along the way, they warm up to their prisoner, indulging him in small ways such as making excursions to a brothel, and to his mother's house. As they get closer to their destination, their fondness for Larry makes it harder for them to execute their orders.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Michael Moriarty, Carol Kane, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller

Director: Hal Ashby

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Acrobat Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Bright-Persky Associates

Keywords: Escape, Touching, New York City, Mother, 1970s, Prison

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Keith UhlichTime Out

    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. show more

  • 88
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    The Last Detail is so perfectly tailored to the star that it could’ve been mapped out from a Pythagorean theorem. show more

  • 100
    IndieWire

    There’s a deep sense of melancholy and finality that runs through The Last Detail even when it’s at its funniest, not just because of Meadows’ fate, but because of Buddusky and Mulhall’s collective guilt for being part of a system that would dole out such a punishment. show more

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Awards

Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Actor
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)