The Last Detail

(USA, 1973, 104 mins, DCP)
CAST Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Carol Kane


“Jack’s best film,” according to many Nicholson fans, was written and produced during the Vietnam War and released during the early months of Watergate. Larry (Quaid), a young seaman, gets royally shafted after stealing $40 from the charity box of his officer’s wife. Eight years in prison is the ludicrous sentence and two navy “lifers” take Larry from Norfolk, VA to Portsmouth, NH with cultural stops in New York City and Boston. They can’t believe the severe sentence, however they can sure as hell help to bring some fun into Larry’s last week before his life in the brig. Duty and institutional authority are challenged, like most Ashby films, which made him one of the most vocal of the anti-establishment directors from this volatile era of American history.

TOBY JONES won British Actor of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Choice Awards, 2013, Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards in 2012 and Best Actor at the London Evening Standard Awards, 2013. Playing Swifty Lazar in the feature film “Frost/Nixon,” Jones was nominated for British Supporting Actor of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, 2009 and nominated in the same category at the 2008 London Critics Circle Film Awards for “The Painted Veil.” In 2007, he won the award for Best British Actor at the London Critics Circle Film Awards as Truman Capote in “Infamous.”

Other film credits include; “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “Red Lights,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “Your Highness,” “W,” “City of Ember,” “St. Trinians,” “The Mist,” “Nightwatching,” “Finding Neverland and most recently “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ”. Jones voiced the character of “Silk” in Stephen Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.” He was also the voice of “Dobby,” the house elf, in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” for which he was nominated for Best Digital Acting Performance at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

He will be seen next in the mob thriller “God Only Knows”; and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”