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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette, Tony Shalhoub, Calista Flockhart
  • Directors: Jeff Nathanson
  • Writers: Jeff Nathanson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007US79O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Shot" on IMDb

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THE LAST SHOT is the laugh-out-loud comedy caper that takes the movie business, the Mob, and the FBI and turns them into some very funny business indeed. Matthew Broderick (THE STEPFORD WIVES) and Academy Award(R) nominee Alec Baldwin (Best Supporting Actor, THE COOLER, 2003; ALONG CAME POLLY) head a cast of outstanding stars who steal scenes and grab your funny bone every chance they get. After years of being on the A-List of complete failures, Hollywood screenwriter Steven Schats (Broderick) meets Joe Devine (Baldwin), a producer who green-lights his movie and makes him the director. But Devine isn't who he claims to be, not by a long shot. He's really an FBI agent using the movie in a sting to take down the mob. Inspired by the true story of the greatest movie never made, THE LAST SHOT is truly funny.


Taking off from an amazing true story, The Last Shot mines some pleasing inside-Hollywood gags about indie-film production. But this is no ordinary indie: An FBI agent (Alec Baldwin) sets up an elaborate ruse to sting some mobsters in Rhode Island, by picking a screenplay from the slush pile and financing pre-production. The movie will never be made, but the bogus production will lure the mobsters into the trap. The hitch is, the starry-eyed writer-director (Matthew Broderick), cast, and crew have no idea they're part of an undercover operation--the poor saps think their ship has come in and they're actually making a movie. Adding to the joke is that Baldwin finds himself enchanted by the moviemaking world and beginning to care about his unsuspecting stooge (Broderick is at his most engaging). Writer-director Jeff Nathanson (who scripted Catch Me if You Can) doesn't quite trust this funny set-up, sweetening the pot with too sentimental nudges, but the two stars develop a handy odd-couple chemistry. Toni Collette, as a has-been actress, and Joan Cusack, as a sharp-tongued agent, have some riotous moments. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

Baldwin is very good in his role as is the sheepish Broderick.
Michael Butts
I think Jeff Nathanson downplays everything too much, making the whole film a bit too sentimental at times.
Very funny, clever, great satire, the acting and actors are hilarious.
J. Tippett

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on July 19, 2005
Format: DVD
Based on an article on unique FBI operation to arrest a mobster, slightly off-beat comedy 'The Last Shot' offers two good things -- one is the comical look on Hollywood movies and the people involved, and the other is the endearingly funny "odd couple" of Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin.

FBI thought of a brilliant idea (believe it or not, it's based on truths). FBI agent Joe (excellent Baldwin) is assinged a strange job by his boss Ray Liotta to disguise himself as Hollywood producer, and invite unsuspecting, unemployed film director Steve (Broderick at his best) to join in his 'project' to make a film. Incredibley to Steve, Joe allows him eveything -- final cut, casting approval, everything. Very happy Steve joins in the project, not knowing the truths behind that.

Actually, this is a sting to arrest a mobster boss Tony Shalhaub for racketeering. Believing all these lies, however, Broderick's Steve cast his girlfriend (Calista Flockhart) as the lading lady, in HIS film about a dying woman in the desert of Arizona. But Joe as FBI wants the film shot in Rhode Island, and lots of silly things start to happen -- like changing the settings, dialogues, and even the ending.

Yes, the FBI article is only a starting point for this comedy, and the film is in fact a satrical look on Hollywood-style film-making, and first-time director Jeff Nathanson surely knows the rukes of this industry. (Incidentally, this is the third film Jeff Natahnson is involved, which is based on the real-life event: 'Catch Me If You Can,' 'The Terminal' and 'The Last Shot') However, the film does not teach you much about Hollywood if you are already an avid reader of the gossip columns or the Internet sites on movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
Format: DVD
"The Last Shot" is a satirical but good-natured look at the film industry and the passion to make movies. It was inspired by a real 1989 FBI sting operation, in which an FBI agent posing a producer enlisted two unwitting filmmakers to make a movie in Providence, Rhode Island in order to net some mobsters. In "The Last Shot", ambitious FBI agent Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) dreams up "Operation Dramex" to nail mobster Tommy Sanz (Tony Shalhoub) by bribing him to intercede with the Teamsters on a movie that Divine will pretend to produce. But first Divine will need a script. Stephen Schats (Matthew Broderick) has been trying to stir up interest in his script, called "Arizona", for years while managing a movie theater and running a kennel for celebrities' dogs in Hollywood. He thinks his dreams have finally come true when Joe offers to finance the film, with Stephen allowed to direct, no less. Devine doesn't actually want to make the movie, but only to use pre-production to trap Sands. But Devine and his FBI colleagues get caught up in cinematic and professional ambition and end up taking the film and the sting operation farther than they had intended.

"The Last Shot" sends up the entire film industry, from Hollywood players to aspiring producers to writer wannabes. It even pokes fun at the vaunted passion to create art. Writer/director Jeff Nathanson's decision to spare no one is one of the film's strengths. Another is the fantastic cast. Alec Baldwin is perfect, and the depth of the supporting cast kept surprising me. Toni Collette is very funny as a screwed-up actress and former "it girl" desperate to resuscitate her career. Calista Flockhart is Steven's actress girlfriend even more desperate to start a career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 7, 2005
Format: DVD
THE LAST SHOT is based on an amazing true story wherein the FBI sets up a phony movie production to snare some top criminal figures, such as John Giotti and his gang. Alec Baldwin plays FBI agent Joe Devine, who wants to move on to bigger and better things, especially after the suicide death of his beloved dog, Sasha. He convinces the agency to front a fake movie in order to catch a big crime ring in Providence, Rhode Island, of all places. He manages to convince aspiring screenwriter Matthew Broderick that his script for "Arizona" is a movie he is willing to produce, and from thereon, things get sticky. Baldwin is very good in his role as is the sheepish Broderick. A strong supporting cast including Toni Collette as a fading actress; Tony Shalhoub as the target of the scam; Joan Cusack as a sharp-tongued agent; Tim Blake Nelson as Broderick's frustrated brother; Calista Flockhart as Brodericks neurotic girlfriend, help make THE LAST SHOT an entertaining, bittersweet dramedy. You'll find lots of places to laugh in the send up of the independent movie industry.
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THE LAST SHOT is best viewed with a bit of info to let the patient viewer understand what is coming. The opening titles are clever, dealing with movie paraphernalia that serve as matrices for the stars and production staff names and should give a sense of what is to come. But it isn't until the first 20 or so minutes into the film that the significance of the movie can be appreciated.

Based on an apparently true news article, THE LAST SHOT takes a pot shot at not only Hollywood, but also organized crime, production magnates, the FBI, and little people with big dreams lost in the elusive utopia of fame.

The plot is well outlined on these pages. Suffice it to say that the FBI sends Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) to Hollywood to pose as a producer to lure the underground crime lord Tommy Sanz (Tony Shalhoub) to surface and be caught. Devine needs a script as he discovers from the gross Fanny Nash (Joan Cusack at her hilarious best) and gradually encounters Steven Schats (Matthew Broderick) who with his pathetic brother Marshall Paris (Tim Blake Nelson) has written an unmarketable, nonsalable script called 'Arizona'. Devine grabs on to the project, making Schats the director (his dream come true) and casts the film with has-been actress with box office draw Emily French (Toni Collette who looks terrific and adds yet another priceless cameo to her brilliant repertoire) and Valerie Weston (Calista Flockhart) who just happens to be Schats' squeeze.

The process of filmmaking and the infectious delirium of Hollywood affects everyone in this film - even the FBI and especially Devine who softens into a man who wants to provide the 'littleman' Schats with his dream.
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