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Movie : The Last Detail

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The sound of a military snare drum opens the movie.  We’re on a naval base where two sailors, Buddusky (Bad-ass) and Mulhall (Mule) are called to see their C.O.  They’ve just pulled temporary duty as chasers escorting a prisoner, Meadows,  to a military prison.  The chasers both agree that the kid got a raw deal, eight years for a petty left but what the hell, deliver the kid and get a few days away from “shit city”

The three hop a bus for the first leg of their trip then transfer to a train.  Mule and Budussky start having some empathy for Meadows and his bad deal.  Meadows freaks on the train so the boys decide to take him off and walk him around a bit to cool him off.  They have some time so they grab something to eat and then get a few beers.  Going for the beers sets them off on showing Meadows a good time before he serves his bit.  The kid has never had a beer, never been laid, never had a lot of fun so the two older guys cram some living into the next few days showing Meadows a good time.  The three bond and become fast friends but it all comes to a harsh end when the reality of the detail plays out.

Babyhead absolutely loved this film.  He felt he was along for the “Detail”, part of it.  Lots of humor on top of a serious situation.  The film feels real.  It’s gritty, funny and rough.  It gives you a slice of some of the things involved in a sailor’s life.  Bus stops, train stations, greasy spoons, bars, fights, hotels, drinking, whore houses.

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Hal Ashby directs a memorable film.  He sets the stage and takes us into this world.  The performances are top notch.  Perfect casting all the way down the line.  Supporting actors  add to the realism.  The leads are outstanding.  Randy Quaide as Meadows is perfect.  A big man child.  Totally out of his element in the navy.  Sad case.  Otis Young’s Mule is a beauty.  Authentic as career navy man.  All he has is the navy and his mama.  A truthful real performance.  Young is one fine actor.  No bullshit.  Jack Nicholson as Buddusky is all balls , bravado and “don’t give a shit”.   Had seen Nicholson in previous flicks but he was hitting his stride when he made this one.  He nails this role.  Great work Jack!  Ashby kept these three real and in the moment and uncensored.  Believed the relationship these three formed.

No frills, bare bones film making.  Scene after scene delivers.  Bar scene, chanting, ice skating, drinking, whore house, picnic, the ending etc.  Lots of laughs but the seriousness of the situation is never far away from the sailors and when it hits  you can feel it.

Great film, one of CB’s favorites (obviously, he’s writing about it).  Loved this style of movie, everything about it.

So go along on a “shit mother *&%^$#@$…detail” and drop a few f bombs, smoke a cigar, have a burger with melted cheese, couple of brews among other things.  Babyhead did.


6 comments on “Movie : The Last Detail

  1. 1537
    November 28, 2016

    An excellent, under appreciated film this. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2016

      1537 is a movie guy also. That’s kind of what we do on these little ramblings, “remind” or recommend gems. This flick is good for so many reasons. Agree on your comment.

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  2. Jim S.
    November 28, 2016

    CB. didn’t we have this conversation already about this movie? I think we did. Anyway, a great one. Look forward to your next post about it. 😀

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2016

      Yes we did. It was the piece on the scene in the bar. One of a bunch of great scenes. I seen this at that run down old theater we were talking about.


  3. Chris
    January 14, 2019

    The humor you mention is what stood out to me the most. I could watch Jack’s acting all day!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 14, 2019

      Yes. Hal filmed it doc style. Otis young brought a real ground truth to the film. I bought that these 3 guys were sailors. Jack hit it out of the park in those days. He was one of the best. Top of his game.

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