The Last Boy Scout


The Last Boy Scout

Critics Consensus

The buddy-cop movie starts entering the doldrums with this lurching, explosive, misogynistic effort.



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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 threats; Joe begins to sober up when Cory is blown to smithereens. Cory's boyfriend, Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans), was at one time a NFL football quarterback, but was thrown out of the game for gambling and addiction to Demerol. Smelling something fishy, Joe and Jimmy begin to investigate further and discover layers of corruption in professional football circles, leading up to Sheldon Marcone (Noble Willingham), a corrupt team owner who wants to pay off legislators to legalize gambling on pro football games. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Bruce Willis
as Joe Hallenbeck
Damon Wayans
as Jimmy Dix
Chelsea Field
as Sarah Hallenbeck
Noble Willingham
as Sheldon Marcone
Danielle Harris
as Darian Hallenbeck
Bruce McGill
as Mike Matthews
Chelcie Ross
as Senator Baynard
Joe Santos
as Bessalo
Michael McCaskey
as Clarence Felder
Tony Longo
as Big Ray Walton
Bill Medley
as Himself
Badja Djola
as Alley Thug
Dick Butkus
as Himself
Lynn Swann
as Himself
Billy Blanks
as Billy Cole
Ken Kells
as Head Coach
Morris Chestnut
as Locker Room Kid
Mike Fisher
as Wounded Player
Doug Simpson
as Wounded Player
Donna Wilson
as Sleeping Party Girl
Denise Ames
as Jacuzzi Party Girl
Frank Kopyc
as Neighbor
John Cenatiempo
as Main Hitman
Matt Johnston
as Ponytail Hitman
Ed. E. Villa
as Property Cop
James Keane
as Garage Patrolman
Jack Kehler
as Scrabble Man
Dennis Garber
as Detective
Manny Perry
as cigar Thug
Vic Manni
as Grandad Thug
Frank Ferrara
as Milo's Goon
Erik Onate
as TV Crew Member
Bob Apisa
as Baynard's Bodyguard
Shane Dixon
as Baynard's Bodyguard
Rick Ducommun
as Pool Owner
E. Brian Dean
as Stadium Guard
Dick Ziker
as Marcone's Goon
Fred Lerner
as Marcone's Goon
John Meier
as Marcone's Goon
Don Pulford
as Marcone's Goon
Dennis Packer
as Field Announcer
Gene Borkan
as Stadium Cop
Kevin Bourland
as Stadium Cop
Steve Picerni
as Helicopter Cop
Steven Picerni
as Helicopter Cop
Craig Pinckes
as Presidential Assassin
Carmine Zozzora
as Secret Service Man
Theresa St. Clair
as Shower Girl
Ed Beheler
as The President
Colby Kline
as Young Darian
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Critic Reviews for The Last Boy Scout

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Audience Reviews for The Last Boy Scout

  • May 07, 2016
    "The Last Boy Scout" is a good movie but has issues with acting and its script. The plot to "The Last Boy Scout" is that an ex-secret service agent named "Joe Hallenbeck" portrayed by "Bruce Willis" one night gets a job to guard a woman at work named "Cory" portrayed by "Halle Berry". Later on "Hallenbeck" meets "Jimmy Dix" portrayed by "Damon Wayans" who is "Cory's" boyfriend. "Dix" and "Hallenbeck" are brought together when a murder takes place, which affects them both. The movie opens with a football game taking place when ends horribly. The scene is a great, unexpected and a dramatic start to the movie. Throughout the movie it shows "Hallenbeck" and "Dix's" characters become friends in a way, the movie doesn't really show much of a character change other than "Hallenbeck's" alcoholism slowing down and this movie is meant to be a drama which most of the time feels more like an action film then a drama. The movie kind of felt like it had two climaxes; the final climax isn't all that entertaining and after doesn't make sense. "Darian Hallenbeck" portrayed by "Danielle Harris" for the first part gives a dramatic performance but after becomes more of a third wheel. Another issue is the movie's title "The Last Boy Scout" isn't the best due to one reference in the movie. "Bruce Willis" as usual gives his best in a movie but in "The Last Boy Scout" it doesn't feel like he gives his best; throughout most of the film he has more of a calm performance. Whether that's his fault or the director's fault is unknown. The music in this movie is okay, in some scenes it fails to excite but in others it does an amazing job at suspense. The cinematographer "Ward Russell" film's perfectly for suspense and drama, during action sequences he sometimes fails to shoot everything as well as he usually does. If you are a person who enjoys action/drama's then I recommend you watch "The Last Boy Scout" as it has good cinematography, a splendid introduction and okay music. Although the movie is not perfect it has some issues, these being climax not entertaining, script issues and some annoying characters. I give "The Last Boy Scout" a 6/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2013
    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 s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2013
    Director Tony Scott delivers an entertaining and high-octane action film in The Last Boy Scout. The story follows a private detective who teams up with a disgraced former football player to solve the murder of a stripper who was blackmailing the owner of L.A.'s pro-football team. Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans lead the cast and have pretty good chemistry. The script isn't particularly well written, but Scott's able to keep the film moving with some good comedic moments and high-energy action scenes. While it carries a lot of the cliches of '90s action films, The Last Boy Scout manages to be a fun and exciting thrill ride.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2012
    Tony Scott and Shane Black sounds like a match made in heaven but this film is quite uneven. Black is the master of mismatched buddy films and the connection isn't the issue here, it's the plot. The genre was running rampant during this era and the success and failure was mainly due to the release structure and quality. I thought this was an interesting film and this is mainly due to Tony Scott in the directors seat. The film has a relentless pace and the violence is dialled up to 11, like most to Scott's films. The biggest downfall with this film is the over the top storytelling, it reaches heights of implausibility and too much. If you're looking for a film with mindless action and something to fill the void, this might appeal to you. 05/05/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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