"Last Outfit" ( eng. The Last Detail ) - American road " film about friends " from director Hal Ashby . An adaptation of Darryl Ponixen 's novel The Last Outfit). The lead roles are played by Jack Nicholson , Randy Quaid and Otis Young . Three nominations for the Academy Award, the Cannes Film Festival Award for acting by Nicholson.
|The last detail|
|Genre||tragicomeric road movie|
|In the main|
|Jack Nicholson |
|Film company||Columbia Pictures Corporation |
Two non-commissioned officers of the Navy, Billy Baddusky and Mulhall "Mule", must deliver the sailor Larry Madous, caught in petty theft, from the US Navy base in Norfolk to Portsmouth Naval Prison. On the way, Billy and Mulhall find out that Larry had never been with a woman, did not drink alcohol, and had never fought. Then they decide to entertain the guy to the fullest. In five days of business trips, they “open up” a new world for him.
The more Madous realizes the value of freedom, the less impressive is his prospect of spending the next 8 years behind bars. In the end, he decides to escape. Career considerations force escorts to return the young man to a cruel reality ...
|Clifton James||Kaptenarmus (English Master-at-arms )|
|Carol Kane||young confused|
|Michael Moriarty||naval officer|
Work on the film
“The Last Outfit” is one of the classic works of one of the iconic writers of New Hollywood , Robert Town . The script was prepared specifically for the actors Jack Nicholson and his black friend Rupert Cross . Town subjected Ponixen's novel to substantial reworking: the scene of the death of the hero Nicholson was released, everything related to his beautiful wife, the intellectual component of his character.
By the standards of that time, the number of the mat in the film went off scale: as the producer joked, during the first 7 minutes the word fuck sounded 342 times. However, all attempts by the producer to force the screenwriter to soften the text of the dialogues came across a blank wall: “This is how people communicate when they don’t have a chance to change anything: they grumble,” said Robert Town  .
Rupert Cross was approved for the role of Mulhall, but at the last moment refused to participate in the shooting because of cancer. Colleagues Nicholson, therefore, were "not shot" actors Quaid and Young. The role of the young Madous John Travolta , however, preference was given to textured Quaid: "There is something piercing in how helpless this huge fellow is," said Robert Town about this. 
Filming was conducted in a "gentle" mode, the scenes were shot in chronological order, so that inexperienced actors could "get used" to the situation. The filmmakers for a long time could not find the operator and editor. The operator was tasked to use natural lighting in such a way as to achieve the utmost documentary “pictures”.
As the director pulled with the montage , and also insisted on peculiar transitions between the scenes, the studio tried to withdraw the footage from him. The release of the film was also delayed due to the abundance of the mat. In order to avoid a hard rolling rating, it was necessary to cut 26 lines with the word fuck . The premiere took place at the Cannes Film Festival , where Nicholson was awarded the prize as the best actor.
In 2006, Richard Linklater declared his readiness to make a film based on the Ponixen novel, which continues the storyline of “The Last Dress”  .
The film received excellent reviews in the press  . “What is called, male cinema, rude, obscene, very sad and humane,” M. Trofimenkov gave such a review in Kommersant . According to the film critic, “Ashby plays with the expectations of the audience,” giving rise to “genuine suspense : there seems to be hope that the escorts let the boy go, but such a final would be too improbable and pathetic”  .
Awards and nominations
- 1975 - two BAFTA awards : Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Screenplay (Robert Town), and 2 nominations: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid)
- 1974 - the prize for the best male role of the Cannes Film Festival (Jack Nicholson), as well as the nomination for the Palme d'Or
- 1974 - Three Oscar nominations: Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid), Best Adapted Scenario (Robert Town)
- 1974 - two nominations for the Golden Globe Award: Best Actor - Drama (Jack Nicholson), Best Supporting Actor (Randy Quaid)
- 1974 - nomination for the Writers Guild of USA Prize for the best adapted script (Robert Town)
- 1974 - hit the top ten films of the year according to the National Council of Film Critics of the United States
Jack Nicholson was deeply worried about not awarding an Oscar to him, since he still considers Baddusky the best role in his career  .
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