Last Holiday

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Informed that he has only a short time to live, salesman Alec Guinness decides to enjoy his last months to the fullest. He withdraws all his savings from the bank and heads to a posh hotel. Here he makes more contacts and opens more professional doors than he'd ever done before, thanks to his willingness--at long last--to take risks. He also spends every penny that he's earned in life. Then he discovers that the doctor's diagnosis was in error, and that he's in no danger of imminent death. An ironic ending caps this fast-paced black comedy. Last Holiday was co-written and co-produced by J. B. Priestly, author of many other "if I had to do it all over again" pieces, notably An Inspector Calls. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Beatrice Campbell
as Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh
as Mrs. Poole
Coco Aslan
as Gambini
Jean Colin
as Daisy Clarence
Muriel George
as Lady Oswington
Brian Worth
as Derek Rockingham
Bernard Lee
as Inspector Wilton
Helen Cherry
as Miss Mellows
Sidney James
as Joe Clarence
David McCallum Sr.
as Blind Fiddler
Alec Guinness
as George Bird
Esma Cannon
as Miss Fox
Campbell Cotts
as Bellinghurst
Eric Maturin
as Wrexham
Harry Hutchinson
as Michael the Waiter
Hal Osmond
as Trade Union Man
Brian Oulton
as Prescott
Ernest Thesiger
as Sir Trevor Lampington
Heather Wilde
as Maggie the Maid
Ronald Simpson
as Dr. Pevensey
Leslie Weston
as William the Waiter
Lockwood West
as Dinsdale
Moultrie Kelsall
as Sir Robert Kyle
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Critic Reviews for Last Holiday

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The picture is surprisingly moving, delicately handled and full of lovely vignettes.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Simple and modest in structure but delightfully rich in character.

Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Funny, if you don't concentrate.

Jan 10, 2004 | Full Review…

Slight and mildly amusing dark comedy of rebirth and regret.

Oct 26, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

the film would not register above passable if not for its central figure

Jun 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Alec Guinness is one of classic cinema's truly genuine curiosities.

Jun 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Holiday

Alec Guinness leads a cast of familiar English characters in this short story about a dying man's last fling at life that's as cozy and predictable as a drink after work at your favorite watering hole.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a cool movie, it's sort of a dark comedy at times, and a drama at other times. The story is good and the actors are good. I liked this movie, and I recommend watching it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

im blown away that there are people that dont love this film. rules of the game may be known as the best commentary on high society, but dare i say it, i like this film better. guinness was incredible in the lead role, and every actor played their roles perfectly. the emotional roller-coaster that we receive is not melo-dramamtic, its far more subtle and intentional, and the message of the film carries major weight. a must see.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

The solid tragic comedy tells the Dickenesque story of a man's second spring in life as he discovers that he suffers from a fatal illness. A good performance by the late Alec Guiness makes this movie enjoyable above average. Yet, the movie suffers from a slow pace, an uninspired direction and a very weak supporting cast. Still, it is worth a watch if you are into Alec Guiness.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

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