The Last Shot

Overview

Directed by Jeff Nathanson, The Last Shot follows what happens when, like so many aspiring entertainers, the FBI gets caught up in the grandeur of showbiz. When Agent Joe Devine Alec Baldwin is given a key role in an elaborate scheme to take down the infamous mob boss John Gotti, he gladly accepts the assignment and goes undercover as a Hollywood producer. Before long, he has assembled an unwitting cast, including aspiring director Steven Schatz Matthew Broderick, who agrees to direct for Devine without realizing...
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Overview

Directed by Jeff Nathanson, The Last Shot follows what happens when, like so many aspiring entertainers, the FBI gets caught up in the grandeur of showbiz. When Agent Joe Devine Alec Baldwin is given a key role in an elaborate scheme to take down the infamous mob boss John Gotti, he gladly accepts the assignment and goes undercover as a Hollywood producer. Before long, he has assembled an unwitting cast, including aspiring director Steven Schatz Matthew Broderick, who agrees to direct for Devine without realizing the entire production is merely a front for the investigation. As Agent Devine and several of his cohorts from the bureau begin enjoying their lives as self-appointed industry players, however, justice takes a backseat as the would-be law-enforcement operatives put all of the passion into turning what began as a sham movie project into a true Hollywood contender. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Inspired by Actual Events featurette; Deleted scenes; Robert Evans Presents...; Joan Cusack's Montage; Audio commentary with director Jeff Nathanson and actor Matthew Broderick; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1); French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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It's ironic that a film called The Last Shot would have third-act problems, but that's one of the few things preventing Jeff Nathanson's film from standing side-by-side with the top Hollywood satires out there. Alec Baldwin's FBI agent-cum-film-producer recalls Chili Palmer in Get Shorty, the absurd on-set improvisations (shooting a movie called "Arizona" in Rhode Island) are shades of State and Main, and the orchestrated deception even suggests Wag the Dog. But when it abruptly adheres to the fact that it's based on a true story, The Last Shot robs the viewer of the more sublime conclusion an invented story might have had. The entire point is that it can only end as it does, but Nathanson has crafted such a likeable group of delusional hopefuls that we want to see more of what happens to them. The film is probably closest in spirit to State and Main, which also features Baldwin, but what differs The Last Shot from the misanthropic hyperbole of David Mamet's film is that the audience roots for these characters to succeed. Especially effective in this regard is Matthew Broderick as the hapless screenwriter/director, whose earnestness carries him above the fray, in spite of his own ethical compromises. Nathanson doesn't always resist the urge to go big -- Calista Flockhart's shtick, for example, is that she holds small dogs hostage during temper tantrums, and washed-up diva Toni Collette provides a urine sample at the dinner table. But the fact that these events represent rare concessions to commonness indicates how sharp most of this satire is. Criminally under-marketed, The Last Shot couldn't even crack one million dollars at the box office, ironically making it as stillborn as the sham film it depicts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • UPC: 786936242881
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,552

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Steven Schats
Alec Baldwin Agent Joe Devine
Toni Collette Emily French
Tony Shalhoub Tommy Sanz
Calista Flockhart Valerie Weston
Ray Liotta Jack Devine
Tim Blake Nelson Marshal Paris
James Rebhorn Abe White
Buck Henry Lonnie Bosco
Russell Means
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Technical Credits
Jeff Nathanson Director, Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
William Arnold Production Designer
Larry Brezner Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Erwin Co-producer
Nora Felder Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Fishman Original Story
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hoberman Producer
Noga Isackson Asst. Director
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Gary Levy Associate Producer
Gary Levy Associate Producer
Dan Lewk Associate Producer
Todd Lieberman Executive Producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Seth Reed Art Director
Suzanne Rodier Makeup
David Rosenbloom Editor
Janet Roston Choreography
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Richard van Dyke Sound/Sound Designer
Stan Wlodkowski Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:28]
2. A Suicide [4:00]
3. Tommy Sanz [3:23]
4. Hollywood [2:27]
5. "Movies Saved My Life" [3:11]
6. Selling the Script [4:10]
7. Ponderosa [2:32]
8. Action [3:13]
9. Providence [4:44]
10. The Union [6:32]
11. Emily French [4:03]
12. The Business of Movies [:01]
13. Telegram [4:24]
14. Production [3:47]
15. Day 1 [4:38]
16. The Circus [3:34]
17. Evidence [4:35]
18. End Credits [5:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Arizona
      [Highlighter]
      Inspired by Actual Events
      Robert Evans Presents
      Deleted Scenes
         The Rabbis Out
         The Producer's Wake (Extended Scene)
         Musso and Frank (Extended Scene)
         Signing Contracts (Extended Scene)
         Play All
      Joan Cusack's Montage
      Audio Commentary With Director Jeff Nathanson and Matthew Broderick: On/Off
   Set Up
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: None
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