Thursday, 29 December


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Directed by Hal Ashby
104 minutes
In English with English subtitles

The entire career of Jack Nicholson can be roughly broken up into two categories.... the films that have been over-seen, and those that have been under-seen. Of the films that have been criminally suppressed and under-seen, The Last Detail ranks as one of the very best... in fact many feel that it's actually the best film of Nicholson's entire career.

Directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Coming Home) and based on Darryl Ponicsan's novel, it tells the story of two navy patrol guards in charge of taking a young sailor to a military prison for an eight year sentence for petty theft. The prisoner they have to escort is a naive and inexperienced kid, and they feel sorry for him since they know it's pretty much his last few days of freedom... so they try to give him a good time before he is locked up. That's the premise of the flick, and what happens for the rest of the film is the journey of these three characters. That's all I want to say about it (I would rather the film unfold for itself), along with the fact that it has a great script and cinematography and direction by maverick Hal Ashby.

One viewer's comments: "At the time of its 1973 release it was chiefly noted as the most profane film to achieve a mainstream release. The passage of time has dimmed that profanity's bite, but nothing can dim the power of its performances, it's a darkly funny story, or the director's bitter vision of both life in the Navy and the urban decay of 1970s America. It is a film that allows us to see what Nicholson could do before he became immured in the trappings of his own fame and collapsed into self-caricature"

This will be a high-definition screening.


Date & Time: 

Thursday, 29 December, 2022 - 20:30


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  • free
Paleisstraat 107
1012ZL Amsterdam


Former squat, now legalised

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.