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The Last Detail

HD   R Closed Captioning

Hal Ashby

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About the Movie

Two sailors are selected to escort a young emotionally withdrawn recruit from their West Virginia base to a prison in Massachusetts for stealing from the polio charity box. Won over by the young recruit's bumbling ways and the difficulty of his plight, the two hardened sailors show him a good time before his long stay in the brig.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Salty, bawdy, hilarious and very touching. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A tough-talking, sparely directed effort by Hal Ashby, with an immaculate performance by Jack Nicholson. – Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, Feb 27, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Little known Nickelson gem

Anyone who has been in the Navy and likes Jack Nickelson will love this movie. It's gritty portrayal of two navy lifers escorting a young kleptomaniac to prison and Nickelson's intense performance will leave you wanting more. It's a young Nickelson and Randy Quade at their best. The gloomy atmosphere of the places they travel through actually makes the movie more attractive and the soundtrack is great. The ending is sad, but the existential nature of the film captures life in the Navy to a tee.

Interesting look at what the Navy used to be like (I guess)

My Dad says it was. Jack Nicholson is awesome. By the way ... who writes these descriptions ... the summer interns?? These guys went from Norfolk, VIRGINIA to Portsmouth, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

A gem

Thanks to Spike Lee for recommending this small, big movie. A script that is powerful, raw and full of testosterone. And performances full of integrity and craft.

The Last Detail
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1974

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