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The Last Detail

  • Directed by Hal Ashby
  • United States, 1973, 104 mins.

With an unconventional script by Robert Towne (Chinatown) and understated performances by Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid, Ashby’s whimsical film is an exemplar of the freeform cinematic aesthetic of the 1970s. Billy “Bad Ass” Budduskey (Nicholson) and Mule Mulhall (Otis Young) are two sailors given a week to escort a young prisoner (Randy Quaid) from Virginia to a naval penitentiary in Maine. Intending to conclude their business quickly and spend the rest of their time partying, the two men instead become enamored of the young prisoner and decide to include him in their ribald revelry.

Genres: Drama, Comedy

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