Last Orders

Last Orders

Director: Fred Schepisi

Cast: Fred Schepisi, Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay

     
 
Veteran director and writer Fred Schepisi makes an outstandingly touching, yet bawdy effort with the warm comedy Last Orders. The DVD has a full length director's commentary track, and is widescreen with a 2.35:1 Anamorphic aspect ratio. The audio is in English, Dolby Digital 5.1 with English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. There are also theatrical

Overview

Veteran director and writer Fred Schepisi makes an outstandingly touching, yet bawdy effort with the warm comedy Last Orders. The DVD has a full length director's commentary track, and is widescreen with a 2.35:1 Anamorphic aspect ratio. The audio is in English, Dolby Digital 5.1 with English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. There are also theatrical trailers included on the disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though the journey undertaken in Last Orders by major British actors in their late middle age is worth the ride, you might at various points wonder -- as, indeed, some of the characters do onscreen -- if all the stops along the way are strictly necessary. The day-long quest by the recently departed Jack's buddies and son to fulfill his final request is more drawn out than it needs to be, and the jolting back-and-forth flashbacks to previous decades means it takes a while for the viewer to get wrapped up in the story. The chief satisfaction lies in watching the performances of, and interaction between, several superb screen veterans. Michael Caine, as Jack, actually has the least chance to shine, since his character is only seen in flashback; the reliably gregarious Bob Hoskins, the gentler Tom Courtenay, and the blustery David Hemmings (in one of his last roles) really carry the show, particularly in their thorny exchanges on the nearly interminable car ride down to the ocean to scatter Jack's ashes. It's a wordy and, at times, labored affair, but the film does manage to glean some insights into universal questions faced by everyone as they approach old age: the importance of friendship, the laments over missed opportunities, the strength and frailty of familial bonds, the pain of exposing long-hidden secrets, and the rough humor used to mask fears of mortality. Helen Mirren's moving performance as Jack's widow is instrumental in making this something more than a highbrow buddy picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
UPC:
0043396087095
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles; Director's commentary; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Jack Dodd
Bob Hoskins Ray
Tom Courtenay Vic
David Hemmings Lenny
Ray Winstone Vince
Helen Mirren Amy
JJ Feild Young Jack
Anatol Yusef Young Ray
Cameron Fitch Young Vic
Nolan Hemmings Young Lenny
Kelly Reilly Young Amy
George Innes Bernie
Laura Morelli June
Claire Harman Sally
Patricia Valentine Sue

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Grabowsky Score Composer
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Elizabeth Robinson Producer
Gary Smith Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:17]
2. Jack In a Box [4:28]
3. Amy [1:21]
4. Vince the Chauffeur [3:14]
5. Last Orders [1:30]
6. Jacking It In [3:41]
7. June [1:10]
8. A Private Loan Due [3:02]
9. 1000 Quid Bet [2:01]
10. Sunday Outings [2:55]
11. Honeymoon [5:30]
12. "Lend Me Some Cash" [3:42]
13. Sally & Vince [2:29]
14. Kindness To An Ex-Soldier [4:05]
15. Sue [3:01]
16. Carol Calls It Quits [4:19]
17. Fancy Free [6:08]
18. Ray Meets Jack [2:35]
19. Dilly-Dallying [:45]
20. The War Memorial [1:52]
21. Different Place & Rules [4:00]
22. Dobbs & Son [3:08]
23. Farm Detour [2:55]
24. Not Really His Dad [8:23]
25. Cantebury Cathedral [4:26]
26. Little Ray of Sunshine [4:19]
27. Separate Ways [8:55]
28. Journey's End [5:02]

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