Last Chance HarveyDirector: Joel Hopkins
A disastrous trip to London proves to have a silver lining for a middle-aged American jingle writer in this romantic slice-of-life drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Harvey (Hoffman) is about to lose his unfulfilling dead-end job writing jingles when he boards a plane to attend his daughter's wedding in London. He hasn't turned out a memorable tune in some time, and should Harvey fail to come up with something catchy during his trip overseas, he knows that his boss (Richard Schiff) is ready and willing to let him go. Upon arriving in London, Harvey is devastated to learn that his daughter (Liane Balaban) has opted to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. And things are about to get worse, too. Harvey realizes that he won't be able to suppress his sadness through the whole reception, and makes a quick getaway in hopes of catching a plane back home. Perhaps if he can attend an important meeting on Monday morning, his boss will have some sympathy and grant him a momentary reprieve. No such luck, however, because when Harvey misses the flight and calls his boss to explain, he is fired over the phone. Later, at the airport bar, Harvey is drowning his sorrows when he strikes up a conversation with no-nonsense Office of National Statistics employee Kate (Thompson). Kate doesn't have much of a social life; most of her time outside of work is spent suffocating under the love of her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins). She's just gotten through a humiliating string of blind dates, and something about Harvey's situation and demeanor strikes a sympathetic chord in the lonely civil servant. Likewise, Kate's intelligence and compassion prove unexpectedly invigorating to Harvey. Both Harvey and Kate had always assumed that love had passed them by -- could this middle-aged romance be the glimmer of a new beginning?
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- Starz / Anchor Bay
Cast & Crew
|Dustin Hoffman||Harvey Shine|
|Emma Thompson||Kate Walker|
|Eileen Atkins||Maggie Walker|
|Wendy Mae Brown||Aggie|
|Adam James||Josh Hillman|
|Michael Landes||Peter Turner|
|Jamie Sives||Doctor Butler|
|Suzanne Austin||Art Director|
|Neal Champion||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Jon Henson||Production Designer|
|Jon Henson||Production Designer|
|Michael Hill||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Dickon Hinchliffe||Score Composer|
|Mark Holding||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jawal Nga||Executive Producer|
|Natalie Ward||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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A very good movie. Not only charming, but "sweetly" deep. You will not be able to resist loving, Emma and Dustin. This one is a keeper. Sue2well
Emma Thompson is great in this movie.
"Last Chance Harvey" is a quiet gem that deserves our respect: because it's honest. It's not just a love story, but a life lesson in communicating & not giving up. Truth betold, loneliness is more frequent then not in life, and the effortless skill of Emma Thompson's quipy character Kate with heart, & Dustin Hoffman's schelpy Harvey whose heart persists, even though it's exhausted, renews our quest to keep reaching beyond the loneiness, no matter the age---and quit settling for disappointment.
I really enjoyed this relaxing, loving movie. It was refreshing.
Caught up in everyday life, this film delightfully points out what is, and is not, important. Emma Thompson's portrayal of her character does not disappoint, and together with Dustin Hoffman, they make a two-some we can all relate to in one way or another. It will leave you inwardly smiling and outwardly chuckling to yourself. Watching this film is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, or evening.
What a great play on family disfunction mixed with the work-a-holic parent. Leaves the viewer with many life questions. It would be great for a discussion group to explore relationships and the values one places on them in life.
This was great acting and an insightful script. Dustin was great for the part. I guess you could say it matched The Graduate with his character's position and sentiment only regarding late in life issues. It all was very touching, potent impressions and a touch of light humor to make it even more heart warming.
This movie is one of my personal favorites! Both Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson deliver fantastic performances, and the script itself is just absolutely heartwarming! A must-have for any fan of these wonderful actors or a lover of happy endings!