The Last Boy Scout (1991)



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Movie Info

Producer Joel Silver, director Tony Scott, and screenwriters Shane Black and Greg Hicks team up for this gridiron-set action thriller. Bruce Willis stars as Joe Hallenbeck, who was once a top-of-the-line Secret Service agent but has since become an alcoholic, flea-bag detective. While performing the chores of a two-bit shamus, he discovers his wife Sarah (Chelsea Field) is having an affair with his best friend. Joe is hired to protect Cory (Halle Berry), a stripper who has been getting death … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Black
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1998
Warner Home Video


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as Senator Baynard

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as Big Ray Walton

as McCaskey

as Property Cop

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as Wounded Player

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as Garage Patrolman

as Scrabble Man

as Detective

as cigar Thug

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as TV Crew Member

as Milo's Goon

as Baynard's Bodyguard

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as Pool Owner

as Stadium Guard

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Critic Reviews for The Last Boy Scout

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

Strictly for viewers who don't want surprises, just a laundry list of buddyisms.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The filmic equivalent of a hate crime.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie has a lot of laughs, its action sequences are thrilling, its surprises are startling, and it shows a real ingenuity in the ways by which it gets Willis into, and out of, trouble.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a very problematic movie, no doubt, but it's frequently the biggest problems that are the most interesting things to study.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Everything seems mechanical, forced and contrived.

Full Review… | January 17, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Last Boy Scout

Yeah, yeah, guilty as charged. Getting to the movie, I wasn't so involved with its main story because most of the scenes individually were entertaining enough to keep me hooked with the act going on. Bruce Willis has performed similar roles before too, but he's no less incredible here. I don't know the quarterback actor, but he got along well. Willis' dialogue delivery (and the calm attitude in not-so-calm circumstances) is exceptionally brilliant. Besides Willis, its dialogues/one-liners were highly remarkable. Most of the remaining actors contribute their fair share.

There were a few hiccups so far as I'm concerned. The quarterback character who (pushes, and hence) joins Willis in the investigation of his girlfriend's murder hardly showed any grief for the loss. In fact, it seemed as if he were on a joyride. Joe's sad personal life bit (his family hardly having any respect for him & whatnot) has been performed to death, and should have rather been left out. And including the kid to join the duo in action in the final sequences didn't add much to the entertainment either.

All being said, I've enjoyed a movie to this extent after quite a while. So much that I'm indifferent to include this quite an ordinary flick in my favorites list (for now, if not forever). I highly recommend it. All the same, be prepared; that's bound to help just in case....... And then some.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

"This is the '90s. You can't just walk up and slap a guy, you have to say something cool first."

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

You look at this movie and what do you see? A patterned action movie. A patterned Bruce Willis vehicle. The simple fact is they just don't make 'em like this anymore. It gives us what we want, when we want it and that's why 'The Last Boy Scout' succeeds. In instant gratification, a comfortable level of predictability and by not pulling any surprise punches. No stranger to the cracking down-and-out tough guy roles, Willis is in form and Damon Wayans makes for a surprisingly good supporting turn. 'The Last Boy Scout' shows he can carry a serious role when his thing has mainly been comedy.

Written by Shane Black and with the layers striped away, it's a movie we've seen and heard before plenty 'o times. The good guys versus bad guys is pretty black and white. It's got a crackling script apt with one liners and situations perfect for action showdowns or character moments, but it also seems to have a multiple personality disorder. Dealing with the professional sport of football, the initial tone is quite serious. It all gives away to territory traveled before soon enough, but I wonder if the serious start was just to establish the dark path or was it something more. Something darker never to be? There's glimpses that the story is trying to be more than just an action trip however that sediment is far and away gone by the time we reach the wacky end as only seen in action movies, but it begs the question. At the end of the day, the Last Boy Scout is everything you remember it to be. Loud, violent, politically incorrect, crude, funny and definitely quotable. The kind of light fare rift with lots of junk blowing up, cursing and little in the way of asking the viewer to think. It might pale in comparison to Willis's diverse catalog and again, the start is much stronger than the end, but it's still a hoot if you know what you're looking for!

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

I love Bruce Willis but why did I waste my life watching this terrible movie.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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