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The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Bruce Willis , Damon Wayans , Tony Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304936303
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Boy Scout" on IMDb

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  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Five theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

In giving 1991's The Last Boy Scout a three-star review, critic Roger Ebert was properly performing his duty as an objective reporter, praising the filmmakers' professional skill while observing that "the only consistent theme of the film is its hatred of women." For the purposes of this capsule review, there's no such obligation to level-headed fairness; the simple truth is, this ultraviolent, action-packed vehicle for Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans is disgustingly rotten to the core. Not only is it fueled by a bitter and spiteful attitude toward women, it's also the kind of profanely vulgar movie that doesn't hesitate to put foul-mouthed children in the path of vicious thugs and potentially deadly situations. Willis plays an ex-secret service agent turned private detective who is hired to protect a stripper (Halle Berry) and then teams up with the stripper's boyfriend (Wayans), a disgraced NFL star who was kicked out of football for gambling. They catch on to a criminal plot leading all the way up to a corrupt football team owner who wants to legalize gambling on pro football. Willis and Wayans get in and out of all sorts of trouble along the way, and naturally there are plenty of explosions to go along with the brutal beatings, gunfire, and constant cussing. Shane Black (of Lethal Weapon infamy) set a Hollywood record (since broken, several times) for the sale price of his slick but vile screenplay, and Top Gun director Tony Scott handles the action with his trademark gloss and high-impact style. But, seriously, is this a movie that anyone could bear to watch twice? --Jeff Shannon

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Boy scout says it best. June 25, 2004
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The best action movie of the 90's hands down! All this crap about the film being misogynistic is ridiculous. Willis' character is a burned out, embittered, down and out, has-been PI and former secret service agent ("a long time ago he saved the president's life" )who has seen too much and who has no faith left in anything. He is in a bad marriage, never home, drinks too much, a victim of marital infidelity. But he is still in love with his wife. ("I wish the sky wasn't blue, I wish water wasn't wet. I wish I didn't still love my wife.") He is a man's man of the old school; strong and ever silent with a black and white morality. He is loyal to a fault, taking on the case of the stripper and her boyfriend to avenge the car-bombing death of his best friend (who was sleeping with his wife.) His foul mouthed daughter is screaming for discipline which she finds (and drinks in ) at the end of the film. The one liners are great. The action scenes are awesome. The justice meted out in the end is fitting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the action film is carried to surreal extremes January 22, 2001
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the action film is carried to a rather intriguing extreme with THE LAST BOY SCOUT, a movie that pushes the world-weary detective stereotype to new, surreal levels. Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis), is a shamus hired by his best friend to protect a stripper who is subsequently killed. her washed-up football playing boyfriend (Damon Wayans) hooks up with Joe to find out whodunit and why. Willis' performance and Black's screenplay combine to produce a portrait of a guy who is so down and out that our first glimpse of him is a shot of him passed out in his own car while being harassed by snotty neighbourhood kids. throughout the whole film, Willis delivers deadpanned one-liners while constantly getting the crap kicked out him. BOY SCOUT is a guilty pleasure. it is mindless, formulaic, and particularly hateful towards women (and men as well) in spots with an uncompromisingly un-PC attitude that is very unusual in this day and age... and very funny. action films don't get any nastier than this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated buddy cop movie of all time October 27, 2008
You cant talk about underrated action flicks without mentioning The Last Boy Scout. I mean this movie came and went and stayed off the radar for a while. Let me give you a brief description of what its about.

Bruce Willis plays Joe Hallenback, a down on his luck private investigator who comes home and finds his best friend sleeping with his wife. He later teams up with an ex-football player named Jimmy Dix(Damon Wayans) whose girlfriend Cory(Halle Berry) just got murdered. Throw in Joe trying to find out who killed his best friend and a subplot involving gambling.

Opinion: Lets do a quintessential buddy cop checklist and see if this movie meets those requirements.

Does it feature an unlikely pairing? Check.
Does the unlikely pairing work well together? Check.
Does it have moments of humor since one of the stars is a comic? Check.
Does it give you one hell of ride from start to finish? Check

So what the hell are these people expecting? This was made to be a popcorn flick but it was one hell of popcorn flick. Bruce Willis still shined as the action hero of the movie. Damon Wayans was funny but he also fared well when it was time to do a serious scene. I still laugh at the scene where Jimmy claims that Joe has to be the dumbest man on planet Earth because Joe is trying to solve the murder of the same best friend who slept with his wife. The audience still cares even when we come to that realization also. This movie came out at a time when you can expect a good action flick and the director Tony Scott hadnt dropped the ball yet in that department. If you dont expect oscar material you might like this one but I still think its one of the most underrated buddy cop movies of all time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOOSE CANNON BOY SCOUT December 4, 2004
THE LAST BOY SCOUT is filled with the kind of throw away plot and sometimes clever dialogue of LETHAL WEAPON's Shane Black, and the over the top action sequences Tony Scott does so well. Add the eternal down and out cop, Bruce Willis, and you have the makings of a vile, but entertaining, thriller. Damon Wayans is miscast as the "buddy" of Willis. He doesn't look or act like a football player and his self-pitying monologues get repetitious and whiny. Danielle Harris as Bruce's daughter does a fantastic job, but what a foul mouth! Chelsea Field is lovely as Bruce's unfaithful wife. Halle Berry in her pre-Oscar days looks nice, but has the range of Suzanne Somers in this early role. Noble Willingham is effective as the football magnate; Taylor Negro is slimy as the head executioner, and Joe Santos does his gruff cop again for the billionth time. It's all set to some marvelous action pieces and some good one-liners. Willis' hero in this one is definitely not an idol, but the movie delivers what you expect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very trashy but still entertaining action flick July 8, 2004
Tony Scott's THE LAST BOY SCOUT may be trash, but for an action flick it is very well-made, highly entertaining trash.
Of course, you could make a very good case against this film. Though I did not find it quite as woman-hating as some of the critics said it was upon the film's release, I would recognize that there is a subtle layer of misogyny throughout the movie---particularly with the two women characters in Joe Hallenbeck's life, his uncaring, cheating wife and his bratty, verbally abusive daughter---that might make some viewers more queasy than I was. And, objectively speaking, THE LAST BOY SCOUT is basically a retread of writer Shane Black's superior LETHAL WEAPON---a more foul-mouthed, ultra-violent retread with a lot of corny humor. This is an all-out testosterone-fest if I've ever seen one. If you've got a problem with people, just punch 'em in the "head or gut"---if anything else, that's the message of this movie. Really, Shane Black, where did your taste go since LETHAL WEAPON and LETHAL WEAPON 2?
Despite all that, though, this movie still delivers what matters most in this genre: thrills and exciting action scenes. Having seen this movie only recently, I must say that it is probably one of the most exciting action pictures I've seen in a long while, perhaps enjoyable because of its excesses. Tony Scott definitely knows how to film action scenes well (the climactic action scenes in the football stadium is a good example of his skill here), and of course he brings his customary slick style to the material. And its plot, involving a ruthless attempt to legalize gambling in pro football, takes some kinda intriguing twists and turns along the way. (It's like a hardcore action-film version of one of those hardboiled detective films of the '40s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 25 days ago by EarlO
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
successful agent and prompt
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Wilkolaski
5.0 out of 5 stars very good have to watch
It was funny and excited all at the same time but that is Bruce that what he does leaving you wanting more
Published 1 month ago by mommyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!!
Always wondering why the didn't make a sequel. The Wayans and Willis combo was a definite win for this movie. It may not be too late. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Would prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but am willing, with this movie, to round up. Action/character development = classical Willis. Wayans works well with him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars They Dont Make Buddy Cop Films Like This Anymore
Classic Willis. Fun 90s buddy cop movie. Willis and Wayans made a good team together. Its too bad they didnt make a sequel.
Published 2 months ago by Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I have seen this movie before, but was looking for something to watch with my teenage son on a rainy weekend. I liked it as much as before and he liked it too.
Published 2 months ago by Foxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't click
I was disappointed in this movie as there was something that didn't click right, Maybe me I don't know but the main actors didn't seem interested in there roles, that turned me off... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Bruce Willis Fan!
Had not seen this one of Bruce's films before. If you are a fan you will not be disappointed. Bruce displays his usual straight man humor and tough guy persona.
Published 4 months ago by Silly Gramma
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bruce's best movies.
This was one of Bruce's best movies. These two should have acted together in more movies. Classic. Well worth watching...
Published 4 months ago by Kim King
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