7.2/10
42
1 user

Last Wish (1992)

A woman with cancer seeking the assistance of her daughter in fulfilling her last wish - a wish to die with dignity.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writers:

Betty Rollin (book), Jerome Kass (teleplay)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Betty Rollin
Maureen Stapleton ... Ida Rollin
Dwight Schultz ... Ed Edwards
Lee Wallace ... Alvin
Tresa Hughes ... Shany
Pat Englund Pat Englund ... Rose
Ian D. Clark ... Dr. Burns
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Maryanne
Donna Goodhand Donna Goodhand ... Freida
Helen Hughes ... Emma
Laura Press Laura Press ... Ellen
Marium Carvell ... Belva
Maria Ricossa ... Dr. Findlay
Elizabeth Berman Elizabeth Berman ... Mitzi (as Beth Berman)
Glynis Davies ... Burns' Nurse
Learn more

More Like This 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

After the death of his father, Aaron returns home to help his grief-stricken mother and to confront his past. Going through his dad's belongings, he comes across a mysterious item that is more than it seems.

Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Stars: Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Melissa Bolona
The Last Wish (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A high school student suffering from muscular dystrophy is told that he does not have much time left. He is determined to complete a wish before dying: becoming a real man. When his two ... See full summary »

Director: Yu-sheng Tian
Stars: Yuchang Peng, Talu Wang, Daxun Wei
Action | Thriller
Director: Jel Djelal
Stars: Sabine Crossen, Stella Paris, Bevan Viljoen
A Killer Among Friends (TV Movie 1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.

Director: Charles Robert Carner
Stars: Patty Duke, Tiffani Thiessen, Margaret Welsh
Miss Rose White (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sister given up by Italian family only to be reunited 22 years later.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Kyra Sedgwick, Maureen Stapleton
Cries from the Heart (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Michael, a young autistic boy who has trouble with verbalization but a real talent for technology, uses a computer to plead for help after being molested at his school.

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Bradley Pierce
One Woman's Courage (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Because Grace's husband Craig is having an affair she starts drinking. One night Grace witnesses a man attacking a girl; she helps her to the hospital but does not want to be a witness in ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Robert Carner
Stars: Patty Duke, James Farentino, Keith Szarabajka
Edit

Storyline

A woman with cancer seeking the assistance of her daughter in fulfilling her last wish - a wish to die with dignity.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

euthanasia | based on book | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Hello Dolly
Lyrics and Music by Jerry Herman
See more »

User Reviews

Patty benefits from a goldie pass
12 December 2002 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Once touted as a feature film for Goldie Hawn, Patty Duke is Betty Rollin Edwards, TV journalist and daughter of 76 year old Ida (Maureen Stapleton) who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. When Ida's cancer remits after chemotherapy, she asks Betty to help her suicide since Ida feels that her reduced existence is not life.

Duke wears her brown hair in a showbiz blow- dried short style though it is more natural when she is seen with wet hair, and has a dark blue sparkly short evening dress for a restaurant dinner. Realising that Stapleton has the flashier role, Duke submits though she uses reactions and line readings to comic effect. When she wonders why she always gets the depressing assignments, she quips `I guess I'm a little morbid', her `Oh?' response to Ida telling her she is seeing a younger man Alvin Rose (Lee Wallace), the recital of a poem written for Ida ` teacher pianist fine folk dancer, must not will not succumb to cancer', and `Stupid people figure out how to make people die every day of the week. Why can't we?!' Duke is also moving when telling Alvin of Ida's malignancy and being unable to speak, and in the face of Ida's joy when Betty tells her she loves her.

The teleplay by Jerome Kass, based on Rollin's book, reveals how Rollin's actions were unknown until the book's publication, and the medical underground that Betty and her mathematician husband Ed (Dwight Schultz) seek information from. Ida is presented as constantly praising Betty whom she considers `her greatest accomplishment' and it is the force of her vivacity that makes her illness unbearable to her, including the de rigueur loss of hair thanks to chemo. Another restaurant scene where Ida is nauseous from the smell of the soup she tres to eat has unintentional black humour from Stapleton's wretching, but otherwise director Jeff Bleckner with the help of David Shire's music score creates something quite wonderful, non-exploitative and heart-rending. Bleckner would later direct the superb TVM Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995).


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Desejo See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed