The Last Detail

Synopsis: Two bawdy, tough looking navy lifers - "Bad-Ass" Buddusky, and "Mule" Mulhall - are commissioned to escort a young pilferer named Meadows to the brig in Portsmouth. Meadows is not much of a thief. Indeed, in his late teens, he is not much of a man at all. His great crime was to try to steal forty dollars from the admiral's wife's pet charity. For this, he's been sentenced to eight years behind bars. At first, Buddusky and Mulhall view the journey as a paid vacation, but their holiday spirits are quickly depressed by the prisoner, who looks prepared to break into tears at any moment. And he has the lowest self-image imaginable. Buddusky gets it into his head to give Meadows a good time and teach him a bit about getting on in the world. Lesson one: Don't take every card life deals you. Next, he teaches Meadows to drink, and, as a coup de grace, finds a nice young whore to instruct him in lovemaking. Mule, who worries aloud about his own position with military authority, seems pleased wit
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Hal Ashby
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
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to have to go with you.

I'm not going to kill myself.

Well, I don't think so...

...but you know how it is.

Yes, sir.

I don't need to use the head anyway.

Let's go.

Kill himself, huh?

Back of the bus.


Yes, sir?

I'm removing your handcuffs, Meadows.

Navy feels that on

certain kinds of vehicular transport...

...the prisoner shall have

the use of both his hands... protect his self

in case of an accident.

- Ain't that right, Mulhane?

- That's right.

Where'd you get that candy bar?

I had it with me.

Okay, sailor.

I wasn't accusing you of nothing.

I had them with me!

Hey, man! I ain't said a word.

Take it easy.

You're making Mulhouse hungry.


- You want anything?

- No, sir.

Here, let me have that.

No, wait.

Give me this.

Ten cents.

Could you use a little help with that?

Thank you, young man.

Well, heading north,

huh, Mulehall?

Yeah, man...

...heading north.

My old stomping grounds.

Where you from, Mulehouse?

Hey, man.

It's "Mulhall."



Where you from, Mulhall?


Where's that?

Above New Orleans.

Hot down there, ain't it?

Listen, man... me "Mule."

Everybody else does.

- "Mule," okay?

- Okay.

Yes, sir.

They always used to have trouble

with my name too.


Always wanting to call me "Bad Ass."

"Bad Ass."

I am Bad Ass.

Bad Ass!

Is that true what the Chief said...

...about your getting...

...eight years and a dishonorable

discharge for stealing $40?

I didn't get no $40.

You didn't get it?

They caught me trying

to lift it from the box.

I didn't get it.

Jesus Christ! You mean to tell me

they gave you eight years and a D. D...

...and you didn't even get it?

Boy, they stuck it to him,

didn't they, Mule?

They sure as hell did.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest movie screenplays ever written. He also wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films (1996, 2000). more…

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