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Australian filmmaker known for such classics as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Six Degrees of Separation, Fred Schepisi tells this story about a group of lifelong chums coming to terms with their friend's death, based on a prize-winning novel by Graham Swift. When Jack Dodd (Michael Caine) passes on, his three best buddies (Tom Courtenay, Bob Hoskins, and David Hemmings) along with his son (Ray Winstone) carry out his last wish -- to have his ashes cast off the pier of the seaside town of Margate, where he and his beloved wife honeymooned and where he hoped to retire. As the group… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Schepisi always handles actors sympathetically and here he has a perfect cast, most of whom can draw on their own and their parents' experiences."
‑ Philip French, Guardian [UK]
"By film's end one feels as if they have indeed taken a long trip with these people -- and along the way has grown to know and care about them."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"Fred Schepisi's latest film is based on Graham Swift's Booker prize-winning novel and has a great cast, but is ultimately rather slow moving and dull."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"One of the most rewarding and authentic depictions of/tributes to the Cockney way of life in recent years."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"[A] classy but dry, lackluster trip down memory lane..."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"'Last Orders' has class stamped all over it."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Old people will love this movie, and I mean that in the nicest possible way: Last Orders will touch the heart of anyone old enough to have earned a 50-year friendship."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's a small movie about ordinary blokes, and yet it poses some of the big questions that have vexed philosophers for ages."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Ambitious in structure and casting, it packs a lot into its screen time. Quality craftsmanship for a discerning crowd."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"By film's end one feels as if they have indeed taken a long trip with these people -- and along the way has grown to know and care about them."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Fred Schepisi's tale of four Englishmen facing the prospect of their own mortality views youthful affluence not as a lost ideal but a starting point."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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