Last Orders

2002

Last Orders

Critics Consensus

With a cast that includes some of the best acting talent in Britain, Last Orders is a rewarding character-driven ensemble piece.

79%

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Total Count: 89

73%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,110
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Movie Info

When one of a group of lifelong friends dies, his buddies are left to carry out his last wishes: to take his ashes and dispose of them off the pier in the seaside town of Margate. As their sentimental journey begins and their own emotional mysteries unfold, they try to come to terms with Jack's death by reliving their lives with him. Flashbacks of the group's younger days shed light on their relationships, providing insights into their long-buried secrets. Meanwhile, with the lads speeding across the Kent countryside in a shiny Mercedes, Jack's wife undertakes her own very significant journey. As the pilgrimage turns into a pub-crawl the men discover that through it all, it's your friends who break your heart - and your friends who mend it. Tears are replaced by laughter and then just as quickly followed by more poignant memories.

Cast

Michael Caine
as Jack Arthur Dodds
Helen Mirren
as Amy Dodds
J.J. Feild
as Young Jack
Cameron Fitch
as Young Vic
Nolan Hemmings
as Young Lenny
Kelly Reilly
as Young Amy
Stephen McCole
as Young Vince
Anatol Yusef
as Young Ray
Kitty Leigh
as Young Carol
Alex Reid
as Young Pam
Tracey Murphy
as Young Joan
Claire Harman
as Young Sally
John Baker
as 11-Year-Old Vince
Emma Deigman
as 10-Year-Old Sally
Tom Baker
as 7-Year-Old Vince
Laura Deigman
as 5-Year-Old Sally
Brian Osborne
as Tally Man
Joanna Bacon
as Woman Picker
Teresa Lloyd
as Ray's Prostitute
Alan Taylor (V)
as Sideshow Man
Charlotte Atkinson
as Rochester Barmaid
Dani Foreman
as Woman in Bar
Bea Sewell
as Fairfax Home Receptionist
Aislinn Sands
as Nurse Kelly
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Critic Reviews for Last Orders

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (34)

  • Schepisi always handles actors sympathetically and here he has a perfect cast, most of whom can draw on their own and their parents' experiences.

    Oct 11, 2010 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life.

    Mar 27, 2009

    David Stratton

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • One of the most rewarding and authentic depictions of/tributes to the Cockney way of life in recent years.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Gathering its forces slowly, this careful, thoughtful film, quietly but deeply moving, is dramatic without seeming to be.

    Aug 15, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 4/4
  • The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption.

    May 30, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Last Orders

  • Feb 21, 2013
    Holy crap are the old buggers boring. Michael Caine. Bob Hoskins. Tom Courtenay. All grade A performers but put them in a story that plods and give them dialogue that doesn't zing and you'll be napping before you know it.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2009
    I loved the novel. The movie was perfectly loyal to it and did the best it could. It is not easy to adopt a novel with lots of main characters and a non-linear editing. The movie used the same editing as the book with lots of flashbacks. Jack the butcher is dead. His last order is to be scatterred to the sea. His four best friends who has been with him all his life decide to do this last wish of him together. While they are on the way to the sea, we see what kind of life Jack and these men have lived. The cast could not be better. Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, David Hemmings, Tom Courtenay and Ray Winstone were all great in their roles. And I fell in love with Kelly Reilly just like Jack did in the movie. Recommended if you like book adaptations and quality drama with top notch actors.
    Serdar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2007
    with bob hoskins, michael caine, helen mirren and ray winstone in it you're gonna be hard-pushed to say it's not gonna have great acting in it. i was watching this one late last night so can't recall every detail about it. the cinematography was very serene. the best thing was how all the big names acted really well together. sometimes you can shove a load of big names in a movie for the sake of it and it totally sucks (oceans 11..lol, i'm gonna get headhunted by some people for saying that)
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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