Review Written by: Michael Courtney
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Written by: Robert Towne
Based on the book by: Darryl Ponicsan
Produced by: Gerald Ayres
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Clifton James, Luana Anders
Buy it!, Buy it, rent it or skip it: Rent it
Two weeks ago if you would've asked me if I could dislike a Jack Nicholson movie, I would've said you were crazy, well, long story short, you're crazy. However, despite disliking this so called "classic", this is one film I disliked that contained three excellent performences by Jack Nicholson, the late, great Otis Young and a young pudgy cheeked Randy Quaid. It saddened me seeing the potential in this story and characters wasted and I put the blame on the late director Hal Ashby.
The Last Detail
is about Two navy officers, "Bad Ass" Buddusky (Nicholson) and "Mule" Mulhall (Young), who are ordered to escort a petty thief, named Meadows (Quaid) to eight years at prison. The thing is, Meadows only stole forty dollars, but from a polio relief box, which the boss at the navy compound contributes to. That fact makes Buddusky sick, so he tries to make the best of the days before he has to check into the prison. He tries to get Meadows laid, drunk and get a good fight out of him.
The only reason I gave the extras a D is because it has theatrical trailers for three Nicholson movies actually worth seeing, two of them being two of the greatest movies ever in my opinion, "A Few Good Men", "As Good As It Gets" and "Wolf". It also has a dumb little talent files feature on the DVD. One of the problems is this movie has no idea what it wants to be. One minute it is trying to be a comedy, the next it is trying to make a social commentary, but it is hard to take this movie seriously with its goofy score as well. The score did not fit in with this film at all.The most major thing to bother me however was the ending, definatly one of the worst endings in the history of film.
All in all, this film had so much potential, but so poorly executed and bad choices, including a score that reminds me of a Loony Tunes cartoon, but due to the great and compelling perfomences by Quaid, Nicholson and Young, I reccomend just one viewing of this film.