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The Last Supper (1996)

Cameron Diaz , Ron Eldard , Stacy Title  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner, Courtney B. Vance
  • Directors: Stacy Title
  • Writers: Dan Rosen
  • Producers: Jonathan Penner, Dan Rosen, David Cooper, Larry Weinberg, Lori Miller
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007CVRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Supper" on IMDb

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In the heartland of Iowa, five grad school liberals (Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner and Courtney B. Vance) share a house, a left-wing outlook, and Sunday suppers filled with conversation and social criticism. But when a redneck trucker threatens one of their own, he inadvertently puts them on the radical road to serial murder. From soap to nuts, THE LAST SUPPER is ' (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE)

Painted in mile-wide strokes of black satirical comedy, The Last Supper turns intolerance into a parlor trick, then repeats it ad nauseam in case we missed the joke. Still, redundancy can be fun when applied to the premeditated murder of right-wing extremists by self-righteous left-wing zealots; director Stacy Title is an equal-opportunity offender, never taking sides. The grisly high jinks commence when a truck-driving, child-molesting, Hitler-loving ex-Marine (Bill Paxton, acing the role) is accidentally killed while dining with a clutch of snobby liberal grad students, played with uniform excellence by Cameron Diaz (showing early promise), Ron Eldard, Courtney B. Vance, Annabeth Gish, and coproducer Jonathan Penner. Having acquired a taste for blood, the wine-poisoning liberals stage "last suppers" with hand-picked targets (Charles Durning, Mark Harmon, Jason Alexander, and ultimately Ron Perlman), eventually attracting a suspicious sheriff (fine work by SNL alumnus Nora Dunn). It's got all the subtlety of a pile-driver, but The Last Supper craftily defends free speech by exposing its most vicious violations. --Jeff Shannon

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Machiavellian Menu? May 9, 2005
It was a dark and stormy night when five liberal graduate students in Iowa meet for Sunday dinner and find that in an excess of gratitude (for providing a ride to one of their members) they have invited a right-wing nut case to join them. Before dinner is over, the guest has pulled a knife and threatened several of the students, and in a move that is obviously defensive but not self-defense, one of the students delivers a knife to the back of the guest, who then dies. Contemplating their options, the students determine the best course is to dispose of the body in the backyard. As they debate the "how the liberals talk and talk and don't do anything" (except that they did) the opportunities for future dinner "dates" and just a bit of arsenic in the wine becomes a reality. As the plants in the backyard flourish with the new fertilizer, the sheriff is becoming curious, the students are nervous and on edge - and the very Last Supper delivers a truly Machiavellian twist.

Did the choice of title chase away the intended audience? Perhaps that is the explanation for why this film is so little known. Save it for a dark and stormy night, and be ready for a surprise.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Independently Stupendous April 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie at a point in my life when I was absolutely fed up with big-budget Hollywood movies and was looking for something...different. And this movie definitely qualifies as different. It's intelligent political humor and its not-so-subtle commentary on the effects of youthful idealism are actually entertaining rather than tiresome and preachy. Even the overly simplistic representation of the tomatoes for blood, which is most apparent when you see the clear tomato-filled jars lining the shelves, didn't feel like a glaring attempt at cinematic sophistication, but is instead realized and relished. This movie is a welcomed break from the cliched explosive action flicks and ho-hum romantic comedies appearing so frequently on the big screen. It would appeal to anyone who can think of a few people this world could do better without...and we all can name a few, right?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Gem March 22, 2005
Group of intellects create their own moral dilemma. I saw this movie years ago and it's been one of my all time favorite conversation pieces. If you like intelligent conversation, and always think you're right... SEE THIS. Cameron Diaz is a minor player in this cast of majors, but she does the job. The one to look out for is "Hellboy". Enjoy. And then remember it the next time you have a dinner party.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will this ever be on DVD? December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite movies. I have the VHS version but i have been waiting to see if they are ever going to put it on DVD. I would like to see some extra stuff for this movie. Does anyone out there know if and when this might be available on DVD? Do yourself a favor and watch this movie if you haven't already.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets in the sauce February 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is about a group of grad students who go off the deep end with their political views. They end up inviting to dinner various people who have completely opposite political views. The dinners end up being a trail for the lives of their dinner guests and the deciding factor: how well they represent themselves and how much they are liked by their hosts (well not always). As the drama builds in this film the reason for a verdict in the hosts favor becomes more and more bizarre. Contributing factors: The living life between each other and the tension between themselves and the one person who upsets them the most, a television man completely opposite of every political value they have they watch him obsessivly even screaming at the television as if he could hear them. This is one of cameron diaz's first movies although unknown by many, w/ the suprise ending its one of the best movies I've ever seen.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy about Free Speech April 24, 2003
This movie is an interesting surprise...a movie about free speech in which 5 prototypical liberal graduate students embark on a mission to rid the world of ideologues with whom they disagree. One by one, they invite these unfortunate souls to their home for pasta, wine, and poison. As more and more guests are buried in the tomato garden in the back yard, the quintet becomes more bloodthirsty and anxious about the morality of their actions. When SNL veteran Nora Dunn appears as a police officer investigating the disappearance of their first victim, they become downright paranoid. Finally, they encounter a Rush Limbaugh-style radio talk show host who, in person, makes cogent arguments supporting the right of everyone to think and say whatever they will and the group is forced to consider the moral implications of what it is doing. The end of the movie is an entertaining resolution to this dilemma.
The 5 housemates are all entertaining young actors, most notably Cameron Diaz and Annabeth Gish, and Nora Dunn is wonderful as the sheriff becoming increasingly suspicious of the bizarre actions of the housemates. But the real stars of this cast are the cameos by the guests/victims, including Bill Pullman, Jason Alexander, and Ron Perlman, who does an outstanding job as the arrogant shock jock who unwittingly calls the housemates' scheme into question by simply making good arguments about the right to free speech for all people.
This is not a deep film, and the stereotypes are drawn a bit thin in order to drive home the point, but it is an entertaining movie that should appeal to anyone who favors dark comedy and could be a good discussion starter over a glass of wine. Just make sure you drink from the safe carafe!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what is the political view of this movie?
Published 18 days ago by angie
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it. I give it an "A-" Very good.
A fun little murder mystery. Great ensemble cast. A very nice role in here for this usually B list actors. They shine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hawkeye
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun premise. So so filming
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Carleton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Comedy You May Have Missed
It's a dinner party gone wrong...that sparks a deadly idea on how to entertain.

This is a fun, campy film to watch with friends after a dinner party. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent for a movie club or church group or ethics ...
This is thought provoking...excellent for a movie club or church group or ethics class. The ending will keep you thinking and talking for quite a while.
Published 2 months ago by Grandy Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great undiscovered sleeper hit!
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see.
From beginning to end it kept my interest. It was funny and sad all at the same time. I have family members who wait to hear 1 wrong word and its on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robert jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy, thought-provoking film noir
I've long wanted to see Ron Perlman -- clearly a guy of many talents and high intelligence -- play a normal guy. Rarely does he get those roles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by brainout
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
In good condition. This will give me something to watch in years to come. Thanks for the clip. I will enjoy it.
Published 6 months ago by V. Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
Love this movie and Ron Perlman. You must watch until the very end! Hauntingly funny and I was surprised to see an SNL actress in here. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roeau Vetrano
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