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It's a shane someone of Scheider's ability had to team up with a twat like Demme to star in this crap.
An ambitious whodunit that loses steam half way through- due to both a heavy-handed plot and an almost abandonment of care for camerawork. It feels like Demme's wannabe-Hitchcock, but with hammy pulp-style acting. It's not bad though, it has some amusing moments and some really dynamic camera maneuvers in the beginning.
One of the few Jonathan Demme films I had not seen and it's a really good one. Distancing himself from his exploitation roots, Demme made this obvious Hitchcock homage that really delivers. Roy Scheider plays a mentally unstable CIA agent who receives a mysterious threatening letter,w which then serves as the McGuffin to move the story forward. There's also a superb supporting cast that includes Janet Margolin, John Glover, Charles Napier, Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin and ALF's dad, Max Wright, who no matter what film or TV show he's in, I always like to imagine that when he's offscreen that he's going home to that crazy ALF. Old Hollywood composer Miklós Rózsa provided the score and longtime Demme collaborator Tak Fujimoto did the photography. Casting was by Scott Rudin long before he became an Oscar award winning film produced of films like "No Country for Old Men" or "The Social Network." Outside of DePalma, this is probably one of the best Hitchcock homages, moving at a fast pace, with strong cast and some really good set pieces, particularly the climactic one taking place at Niagra Falls. Well worth watching.
"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.
Drink of choice: Johnny Walker
it pains me to see J.Margolin in this... this waste of film. the stupidest spy thriller I ever saw
yet another case of the music taking over the film.
Very early Jonathan Demme. Not a bad movie, but the last 1/3 doesn't hold the suspense and paranoia of the first 2/3. Really kind of peters out by the end, but does manage to regain some of the emotion at the very end. The score is excellent and really adds to the mood in a lot of places. Scheider and Margolin are great, and there are a lot of interesting cameos and bit parts in this one from actors who went on to have great careers...
Impressive diabolical thriller. Roy Scheider is as incredible an actor as there has ever been in our brief existance. Finding a girl in his apartment after he has been gone a while, they wrestle for the apartment.
This is all Scheider. He IS this movie. From one shocking scene to another, this man who is under constant threat of being killed (or he thinks so), seeks just the comfort he needs from his young girl roomate. He lost his wife, now he is losing his mind.
Just incredible acting. An incredible film. Christopher Walken is so good too. A real plus in his short appearance.
Roy Scheider stars as a government agent losing his grip on sanity when his wife is killed and he becomes the assassins' next target in this frightening story that co-stars Mandy Patinkin and Christopher Walken.
But is he really losing his sanity?
Director: Jonathan Demme
Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood
Cinematographer: Tak Fujimoto
Editor: Barry Malkin
Screenplay: David Shaber
Associate Producer: John Nicolella
Production Designer: Charles Rosen
Composer: Miklos Rozsa
Producer: Michael Taylor
Producer: Dan Wigutow