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Last Orders

Last Orders
  • 2001
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Fred Schepisi
  • Written by: Fred Schepisi, Based on the novel by Graham Swift
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone

Jack (Caine), a butcher from Bermondsey, has died. Joined by Jack's son (Winstone), his three best friends (Courtney, Hemmings, Hoskins) set off on a road-trip to Margate to scatter the old man's remains. Converting Graham Swift's remarkable novel of loss, friendship and life's cruel decline into a movie was always going to be something akin to catching salt in the wind. Schepisi has lost the febrile sense that this sad story is built on odd tender moments snatched from eternity. This is, however, a soap opera acted out by a right royal cast.

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