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Last Orders (2002)

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

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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.
Rating:
R (for sexuality and some language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$2,197,234.00
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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
George Innes
as Bernie
Sally Hurst
as Mandy
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
Simon Oats
as Andy
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 (31)

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film, like its characters, is limited by a provincial self-absorption.

May 30, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a small movie about ordinary blokes, and yet it poses some of the big questions that have vexed philosophers for ages.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Last Orders

½

Great actors and acting. Simple story that surprisingly affected me. It's unforgivable that they cast Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone in a movie together and NOT making them father and son :)

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser
½

Given the number of characters involved and the fact that the film flashes back and forth over a 40-year period, the film flows beautifully, thanks in large part to excellent casting and Kate Williams's fluid editing.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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