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1,341 Ratings

The Last Detail

Directed by Hal Ashby
United States, 1973
Comedy, Drama


Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

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The Last Detail Directed by Hal Ashby

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1974 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1974 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1974 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1975 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

1975 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

I think of Hal Ashby’s third directorial effort as one of the starker masterpieces of the New Hollywood era, akin to Peter Bogdanovich’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and Martin Scorsese’s RAGING BULL (which was also shot by Chapman), and like those films, it gains much of its heft from a somber critique of machismo.
November 09, 2018
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Featuring jocular male bonding with a bitter sting that’s too conspicuously undersold, The Last Detail is no anti-authoritarian landmark, but it’s a good time with superbly atmospheric location footage.
April 03, 2013
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The Last Detail is less sentimental and spiked with a disconcertingly bleak sense of humor; it’s ultimately about two worker bees who elect to cover their own asses rather than stick their neck out for a potential systematic casualty. The film has an engagingly profane, scruffy looseness, a hallmark of Ashby and Towne’s careers, that undermines the conventions of the narrative. Every major scene goes on longer than one expects, and often to considerable effect.
April 02, 2013
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