THE LAST DETAIL
HAL ASHBY | USA | ENGLISH | 1973 | 104 MIN
A young, scrappy Jack Nicholson stars in Hal Ashby’s loping comedy classic, in which a motley group of sailors talk, argue, and drink their way up the Eastern seaboard.
Presented in a new digital restoration alongside the upcoming pseudo-sequel, LAST FLAG FLYING, Hal Ashby’s (HAROLD AND MAUDE, BEING THERE) classic 1970’s comedy, THE LAST DETAIL, is a perfect encapsulation of the director’s signature blend of playful humor and gentle melancholy. In one respect, it’s a classic road trip comedy, following US Navy petty officers Billy “Badass” Buddusky (Nicholson) and Richard “Mule” Mulhall (Otis Young) as they escort hapless young sailor Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) to a naval prison, where the dopey 18-year-old is looking at an eight-year sentence for attempting to steal $40 from a polio charity’s collection box. With one week to make their way from Virginia to New Hampshire and a hefty stipend in their pockets, the two older men decide to make the most of their assignment by living it up in the major cities of the East Coast. Along the way, the three men philosophize, fight, and consume countless cans of beer, and Buddusky and Mule find themselves oddly empathizing with their young charge. Simultaneously bawdy and tender, this gem offers a nuanced, subtly affecting take on loneliness and the ways we find meaning in the people around us.
CAST: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Carol Kane
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