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Last Flag Flying (2017)

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Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

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Richard Linklater

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Richard Linklater (screenplay by), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Sal Nealon
Laurence Fishburne ... Reverend Richard Mueller
Steve Carell ... Larry 'Doc' Shepherd
J. Quinton Johnson ... Washington
Deanna Reed-Foster ... Ruth
Yul Vazquez ... Colonel Wilits
Graham Wolfe ... John Redman
Jeff Monahan ... O'Toole
Dontez James Dontez James ... DAFB Guard
Tammy Tsai ... Mother (Irene)
Richard Barlow ... Angry Father
Cathy O'Dell ... Grieving Mother
Jane Mowder Jane Mowder ... Rental Truck Employee
Richard Robichaux ... Anorak
Jerry Lee Tucker ... Raincoat
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Storyline

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Hospital Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with ex-Marines Sal and Mueller on a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Written by Dave

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Their Last Mission Wasn't On The Battlefield

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Comedy | Drama | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Flag Flying See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,558, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$965,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,869,037
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The novel which inspired the movie is a sequel to The Last Detail, also written by Darryl Ponicsan, which was similarly adapted to film in 1973. The Last Flag Flying's director, Richard Linklater, has stated that the two films, however, are not connected. See more »

Goofs

In the funeral scene, Lance Corporal Washington is wearing his Marine Dress Blue uniform but his cover is not square, it is cocked to the right. Marines are always "squared away" and that includes their cover. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sal Nealon: If you could just see yourself right now. You look like you just had a lobotomy. What's wrong with you?
O'Toole: [sitting on his barstool] This is reality.
Sal Nealon: Reality? My ass. It's all made-up. Let me ask you this, huh, how many times on this show have you seen the cops arrest, you know, killers and-and rapists or something like that? How many times did they slap the cuffs on some crooked CEO fuck?
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Drivin' Wheel
Written by Roosevelt Sykes
Performed by Albert King
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc. / Stax Records
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A war film without the war
6 February 2018 | by rsg-25524See all my reviews

Richard Linklater on Last Flag Flying: 'We're not meant to kill. We're not cut out for it' I agree. This film hits the right tone, respectful to the men who have served this country, while also pointing out the futility of war. The ensemble cast is brilliant: Steve Carell does such a subtle job with a great deal of poignancy and what can you say about Bryan Cranston's burned out veteran who is constantly looking for a good time, while Laurence Fishburne is marvelous as a pastor. Such a wonderful film... another great film by Linklater.


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