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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

They really stuck it to you, kid.

Stick it in and break it off.

Up your gigi with a wah-wah brush...

...stick it in and break it off.

Leave the kid alone.

I ain't bothering him.

Am I bothering you?

- No, sir.

- I ain't bothering him.

Just trying to be helpful.

So tell me,

how are you going to help him?

I want to ask you a few questions.

You don't have to answer,

but maybe I can help.

Come on!

Now, before this polio thing,

did you have a record?

No. Well, not with the Navy.

I got in trouble a couple of times

with the cops before I enlisted.

I see.

Was it in the nature

of a serious offense?

For example, was it in the nature

of a felony or a misdemeanor?

Well, it was in the nature

of shoplifting.

But I never was in jail,

if that's what you mean.

You know, Meadows...

...this eight years, it ain't

necessarily eight years.

- It isn't?

- No, it isn't.

They're going to knock two years off

for good behavior.

So that's six years right there.


That's something.

Ain't it?

At least we got a long train ride.

Man, I sure love trains!

It beats the sh*t out of sitting up

in Sh*t City, don't it?

Man, he didn't have those with him.

No, he didn't.

Why don't you take your coat off...?

Goddamn it! Halt, Meadows!


I got him! All right, I got him!

You f***ing a**hole!

Let me go!

I got him!

I got him! I got him!

All right!

Don't you f***ing move!

Sit down.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry...

...for stealing the money.

I swear I didn't want it.

I'm always stealing junk I don't need.

It's all right.

It's all right, Meadows.

Come on. Be a man.

Quart bottles of hair tonic,

model cars...

I couldn't even build a model car.

Just crap... know?

I had money on the books.

You can ask anybody.

But it's gone now...

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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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