Last Embrace (1979)

Last Embrace

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In 1979, Jonathan Demme was still a cutting-edge director and The Last Embrace was his first effort at a completely commercial assignment. Very much in the Hitchcock vein, The Last Embrace is an intense suspense film concerning Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider), a government agent recovering from a catatonic collapse after the murder of his wife. After Harry's recovery, he is back on the job, but he can't figure out whether he is suffering from self-induced paranoia or if his former employers want to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Shaber, Murray Teigh Bloom
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On DVD: Oct 14, 2014
Runtime:

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Cast


as Harry Hannan

as Ellie Fabian

as Sam Urdell

as Richard Peabody

as Dave Quittle

as Dr. Coopersmith

as Rabbi Drexel

as Tour Guide

as Rabbi Jacobs

as Commuter

as Dorothy Hannan

as Adrian's friend

as Ukelele Player

as Newscaster

as Man in Cantina

as Man in cantina

as Men in Cantina

as Man in Cantina

as Man On Train
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Critic Reviews for Last Embrace

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Demme puts nothing of himself into these paranoid shenanigans -- the movie is all too transparently his attempt to do something bankable.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Belabored imitation Hitchcock

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Last Embrace is directed by Jonathan Demme and it packs a real wallop of suspense.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Last Embrace

This is a splendid little Hitchcockian thriller from Jonathan Demme. Roy Scheider plays Harry Hannan, a government agent recovering from a nervous breakdown after losing his wife in a botched attempt on his life. Fearful of further assassination attempts after being labelled a dangerous liability by his boss, Harry's nerves are shredded even further when he receives a mysterious death threat in Biblical Hebrew. Although certain characters (guilt-ridden, delicate hero - Vertigo), situations (shower scene - Psycho) and settings (bell tower - Vertigo again) are unmistakably Hitchcockian - and the movie even finds time to reference first generation Hitchcock clones like Henry Hathaway's Niagara - Demme's film is always a cut above mere pastiche because he makes little or no attempt to imitate the master's style. In place of Hitch's elegant backdrops and rigidly storyboarded perfectionism, Demme substitutes gritty locations, handheld camerawork and spontaneity. Scheider is superb as the haunted hero and Miklos Rozsa's score is simply beautiful.

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Stephen M

Super Reviewer

½

A tackily directed 70s forerunner to the likes of Basic Instinct, this overly melodramatic tale of a burnt out secret agent who recieves a calling card from a serial killer is often unconvincing, and often just plain silly.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

"Last Embrace" is an incompetently executed, wildly incoherent and overly melodramatic neo-noir thriller that's one of the dullest, most tepidly inspired pieces of cinema I've ever watched. Aside from Roy Scheider, whose performance is so over-the-top that it's almost admirable, the acting is laughably poor from the entire cast, and everything from the pacing to the direction to the lighting is painfully inept. How Jonathan Demme, Tak Fujimoto, Barry Malkin and Miklós Rózsa could get together and make sure a godawful hunk of soap opera-ish garbage is beyond me. It's an experience I hope never to endure again.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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