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Final (2001)

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A man struggles to prove he isn't insane -- which is no mean feat when you're certain you're been transported 400 years into the future. Anne (Hope Davis) is a psychiatrist working at a hospital for the criminally insane whose latest charge is Bill Tyler (Denis Leary), a man who was recently admitted when he was found inside a wrecked truck found in a quarry. Bill isn't sure just where he is or what's happened to him, but he's certain he's traveled four centuries into the future, and if he can't find a way to get back to the past within 48 hours, assassins will execute him by lethal injection. Anne is bemused by Bill's odd story, but doesn't challenge him on it, instead questioning him in detail about everything he can recall about his past prior to being brought in. As Bill rants about lasers and holographic images, shares his periodic hallucinations, and discusses his feelings about his family and his former girlfriend, he becomes increasingly lucid, and Anne has to figure out how much of Bill's story is fantasy, and how much is fact. Final was written by Bruce McIntosh, who based the script on his own stage play; the feature (shot on digital video) was directed by actor Campbell Scott.

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Cast

Jim Hornyak
as Orderly
Maureen Anderman
as Supervisor
Madison Arnold
as Bill's Father
Caroline Kava
as Bill's Mother
Nadine Delallo
as Ward Nurse
Anthony V. Pettine
as Coloring Patient
Eric Gearity
as Puzzle Patient
John Brainard
as VCR Patient
Lisa Leguillou
as Bookstore Clerk
Tina Benko
as Blonde in Bar
Guy Davis
as Singer
Seth Barrish
as Staff Member No. 1
Earl Hindman
as Official
Catherine Brophy
as Staff Member No. 2
Ben Wilson
as Attendant
Nancy Wu
as Dancing Nurse
Alexis Alexanian
as Pushy Nurse
Jody Burke
as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for Final

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11)

One of the slowest-moving films in a long, long, long while.

January 18, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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A surprisingly effective, off-beat little movie.

January 18, 2002
Houston Chronicle
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Emerges as engrossing and thought-provoking.

January 17, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Shot digitally, Final is less than terrific technically; focus and sound levels waver. Luckily, these flaws are not inconsistent with the film's raw, unvarnished tone.

December 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Leary -- and the film itself -- keeps the audience off guard.

December 7, 2001 | Full Review…
USA Today
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The pace suddenly picks up and the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place for Bill and for the audience.

December 7, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4
New York Post
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