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The Last Shot (2004)

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A movie director-screenwriter finds a man to finance his latest project but soon discovers that the producer is actually an undercover FBI agent working on a mob sting operation.

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Jeff Nathanson

Writers:

Steve Fishman (article), Jeff Nathanson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Steven Schats
Alec Baldwin ... Joe Devine
Toni Collette ... Emily French
Tony Shalhoub ... Tommy Sanz
Calista Flockhart ... Valerie Weston
Tim Blake Nelson ... Marshal Paris
Buck Henry ... Lonnie Bosco
Ray Liotta ... Jack Devine
Ian Gomez ... Agent Nance
Troy Winbush ... Agent Ray Dawson
Tom McCarthy ... Agent Pike
W. Earl Brown ... Willie Gratzo
Evan Jones ... Troy Haines
Glenn Morshower ... Agent McCaffrey
James Rebhorn ... Abe White
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Storyline

FBI director Jack Devine always sets up his brother Joe as undercover to trick mobsters. His latest cover is as movie producer Joe Diamond, to get Tommy Sanz for Teamster racketeering. His cover requires a script - the one movie theater manager Steven Schats and his brother Marshall 'Paris' wrote, supposedly a cancer biopic. So Steven is hired as director, his greatest dream, even if producing an Arizona desert drama on Rhode Island is far from ideal. When a former Oscar nominee volunteers to star, the cover gets out of hand till everyone believes in it, even the FBI brass- or not? Written by KGF Vissers

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The true story of the greatest movie never made.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,801, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$464,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$541,330
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The play Matthew Broderick's character references, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with Moses" is an obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to the hit Broadway musical, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God." See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the mid 80's. When Agent Devine is sitting on a bench asking people for script ideas, a green VW New Beetle passes by. See more »

Quotes

Joe Devine: Steven, my name isn't Diamond. It's Wells.
Steven Schats: Wells? I thought it was Diamond.
Joe Devine: No. Joe Wells. That's my name.
Steven Schats: But you said it was Diamond.
Joe Devine: No, it's Wells. It's always been Wells. It's a common mistake.
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Special thanks to ... The Dan Blocker Family, The Victor Sen Young Family ... See more »

Connections

References Hill Street Blues (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing That Melody
Written by Keith Nichols
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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Veteran film worker loved it.
17 October 2004 | by FoderaSee all my reviews

I've worked "in the biz" for 16 years and thoroughly enjoyed this wacky film. It might seem exaggerated but I've seen a lot of crazy things done by people in the biz and by wannabes. Joan Cusack was a standout. You could see just how much fun the actors had in making this film. These behind-the-scenes types of films work because everyone wants to be in the movies and lots of funny stories get generated. An excellent and respected cast of people who seem more interested in the acting craft than doing flattering ego-driven superstar roles. My hat is off to the whole cast and crew. I would have loved to have worked on this one. Other films that I enjoyed in this genre are LIVING IN OBLIVION and STATE AND MAIN.


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