Last Chance Harvey

Synopsis: Harvey Shine is in London for the weekend for his daughter's wedding. His work in New York preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife remarried, her husband closer to his daughter than he. His path crosses that of Kate Walker, unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he chats Kate up at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? Back at his daughter's reception, the step-father rises to give a toast.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joel Hopkins
Production: Overture Films
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- Morning, Paddy.

- Morning, Kate.

Looking lovelier than ever.

If I was only a younger man-

Oh, shut up!

Mum, it's me,

your daughter.

- Post.

- Have a cup of tea with me.

Can't. I'm running late.


- He's at it again.

- Who? At what?

The new neighbor,

barbecuing or something.

I've heard he's from Poland.

Oh, well, you know, maybe Polish people

like to barbecue a lot.

I can't find your-

- oh, here it is.

- Where do you put this?

It's my toothbrush thingy.

Just stop fiddling.


Now listen, you do not

have to keep taking these.

- The doctor said.

- I like to.

Makes me feel better.

All right, well, listen. I'm off.

I'll, um-

See you later, or call you later.

You got that date thing tonight?

I don't know.


Time and tide, Kate,

as your father liked to say.

Was that from his terrace

in the south of France?

Sorry. That was mean.

Hug me.

Hug me!

Bye, Mum.

I am a cow.

Put my score up first.

- They don't want to hear it, Harvey.

- But I want to see it.

- Put it up.

- I'm backed up already.

Johnnie, you were the one that was late.

Just put it up.


Listen, Harvey, Marvin wants me

to present my ideas while you're away.


Look, I'm not doing myself any favors here,

Harvey, but I'd watch your back.


Marvin. Hey, Marvin.

Hey, Harvey.

Shouldn't you be in London?

Yeah. I'm heading there now.

What's going on?

Johnnie said something about

you wanting him to present on Monday?

Oh, yeah. No, no.

I was just thinking that, with you being in

London, you should stay a while.

- What?

- There's no need to rush back.

- Enjoy your daughter's wedding.

- What?

Well, Johnnie can do it.

I mean, he can pitch

the Samuelson account.

No. I'm coming back.

Those are my connections.

- They have been for years.

- I know. I'm just-

They've got new people there,

you know?

I think they might want

something different.

I really want to come back.

I should be there in person.

In person?

Yeah. I want to

stand behind my music.

But nobody cares, Harvey.

They're demos.

They're already pressed.

Nobody gives a sh*t.

They don't need to see you.

They don't need to see me.

I'm back Monday, Marvin.

I'm coming back.

Well, you better land this one,


- What does that mean?

- It means what it means.

Say it.

There are no more chances,


Enjoy London.

- Are you on a holiday?

- No. Business.


Oh, my daughter's

getting married.


Yeah, thanks.

Well, kind of.

She's American, he's American, and they're

still getting married in London.

I told her we have a perfectly good

wedding system here.

I mean, they both work in London.

That's why they're-

- There you are, Sir.

- Oh, thanks. Thanks very much.

- Can I just give you this?

- Yes.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

Does flying make you nervous?


I do it all the time.

Oh. I don't like it.

I have to fortify myself.

You know that old joke,

one guy says to the other-

Tell you what, I have got meetings

in the morning, when we land,

so I think I'm gonna try

and get some sleep.

- Sure.

- Sorry, I just-

I'll be useless

if I don't get some sleep.

No, no.

Go ahead. Go ahead.

- Morning, Aggie.

- Morning, darling.

- All right?

- Mm-hmm.

"A filmy layer

on the surface of a liquid. "



"Manicure tool,"

four and four.

Oh, come on, Aggie.

- What? I'm just testing you.

- Nail file!

Sorry, sorry.

Morning. Morning.

Oh, thank God

you're my boss, Kate.

- Morning, Aggie.

- Morning, darling.

So, we still on for tonight?

- Matt's definitely bringing Simon.

- No, no, no. I'm scared.

Oh, now, don't be scared!

He's gorgeous!

He's a big, strong, confident,

gorgeous fella.

You'll love him.

He's beautiful.

Right. Look, I'll come, but only

if you two swear blind

you will not leave me

on my own with him.

Oh, no, no.

Promise. Absolutely.

- Kate:
. Can I trust her?

- No.

Of course you can trust me.

We'll drive you home.

We'll drive both of you home,

depending on what home you're going to!

- Oh, shut up.

- Yeah. He's got his own business.

- Really?

- Yeah.

What kind of business?

I don't know exactly.

I think it's stationery.

Oh. I've always loved stationery.

So not a business trip, then.

No. Unless you count

three grandchildren as work.

- Some might.

- That's true.

Thank you very much for your time.

You're all done.

- Thank you.

- Safe trip home.

Thank you.


Excuse me. I wonder if I could trouble you

for two minutes of your time.

- Won't take a second.

- No.

I'm tired, you know?

Yes, I do.

Where to, Sir?

Hi, Susie.

It's your dad.

Uh, I made it, uh, and I'm in a taxi

on the way to the hotel.

Uh, I guess all you guys

are already there.

Anyways, I really look forward

to seeing you and everybody else.

I can't wait. Love you.


Hi, it's Harvey Shine here.

Just want to confirm that Mike

is going to be in the mix Monday.

And I'm reachable by my cellphone.

You probably have the number on file, but

just in case,

it's 917-384-5368.

You may need an international code, so,

you know, I think you have to dial 044,

or maybe, uh, not sure.

It could be 011.

You can try 44 then 1 and then 917.

Whatever it is, whether it's 044

or 44 or 011,

after that, you may have to

put a 1 be-



I'm with the wedding party.

There should be a room for me.

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Joel Hopkins

Joel Hopkins (born 6 September 1970) is a British independent film director and screenwriter best known for his films Jump Tomorrow (2001) and Last Chance Harvey (2008). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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