The Last Detail
The Last Detail (1973)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 12, 1973
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Nicholson's cigar-chomping, profanity-spouting grunt is one of the greatest incarnations of stunted machismo onscreen, and he's brilliantly complemented by Quaid's picture-perfect awkwardness and Young's bracing cynicism.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One can't help feeling that the criticism of modern America hits out at all too easy targets in a vague and muffled manner.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Jack Nicholson in one of his defining performances during a decade packed with 'em.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A tough-talking, sparely directed effort by Hal Ashby, with an immaculate performance by Jack Nicholson.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Last Detail is one superbly funny, uproariously intelligent performance, plus two others that are very, very good, which are so effectively surrounded by profound bleakness that it seems to be a new kind of anti-comedy.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The film has an engagingly profane, scruffy looseness, a hallmark of Hal Ashby and Robert Towne's careers, that undermines the conventions of the narrative.

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Variety Staff

Salty, bawdy, hilarious and very touching.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Meadows' 1st beer(s), 1st joint, 1st sexual experience, 1st attempt at assertiveness... represent not just a concentrated and expedited coming-of-age narrative, but also an elegy for a nation's broader loss of innocence in its military excursions.

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Emanuel Levy

Hal Ashby's gritty and profane serio comedy is one of his best films, featuring a towering performance from Jack Nicholson.

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Jim Hunter
Two Navy men escort a hapless kleptomaniac to an unreasonable prison term. Before he was a personality, Jack Nicholson was an actor. In many of his more recent… More
paul sandberg
The 1973 film The Last Detail, tells the story of two navy MPs taking a clueless young sailor to military prison, complete with escapades, social commentary,… More
Mark Walker
The 1970's is arguably the best decade for classic American films. It produced such quality as "The Godfather parts I & II", "Dog Day… More
Aj V
This is a fantastic slice of life type story, with a fantastic cast and director. It's a fantastic movie, and I highly recommend it.
Lucas Martins
Hal Ashby's wonderfoul, almost documentary, direction, together with Robert Towne's screenplay and the great friendship of characters Badass… More
Conner Rainwater
Itā??s such an original story that taps into the unseen world of the Navy. Not only are you exposed to the bizarre regulations and enforcements, but you also… More