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Last Flag Flying (2017)

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Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

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Richard Linklater

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Richard Linklater (screenplay by), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Sal Nealon
Laurence Fishburne ... Reverend Richard Mueller
Steve Carell ... Larry 'Doc' Shepherd
J. Quinton Johnson ... Washington
Deanna Reed-Foster ... Ruth
Yul Vazquez ... Colonel Wilits
Graham Wolfe ... John Redman
Jeff Monahan ... O'Toole
Dontez James Dontez James ... DAFB Guard
Tammy Tsai ... Mother (Irene)
Richard Barlow ... Angry Father
Cathy O'Dell ... Grieving Mother
Jane Mowder Jane Mowder ... Rental Truck Employee
Richard Robichaux ... Anorak
Jerry Lee Tucker ... Raincoat
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Storyline

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Hospital Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with ex-Marines Sal and Mueller on a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Written by Dave

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Their Last Mission Wasn't On The Battlefield

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Flag Flying See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,558, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$965,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,869,037
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Both Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston starred in another road trip film, Little Miss Sunshine (2006), even though they didn't share any scenes together. Also, both Laurence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson starred in Hoodlum (1997). See more »

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In the funeral scene, Sal and Richard are wearing Marine Dress Blue uniforms but the cap ornament is set a bit high. See more »

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Sal Nealon: If you could just see yourself right now. You look like you just had a lobotomy. What's wrong with you?
O'Toole: [sitting on his barstool] This is reality.
Sal Nealon: Reality? My ass. It's all made-up. Let me ask you this, huh, how many times on this show have you seen the cops arrest, you know, killers and-and rapists or something like that? How many times did they slap the cuffs on some crooked CEO fuck?
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A solemn and occasionally humorous story of three reunited friends and their ways of dealing with the effects of PTSD
23 August 2018 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

Last Flag Flying is a comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, School of Rock) and based on the novel of the same name by Darryl Ponicsan. Starring Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston, and Lawrence Fishburne in the lead roles, it is a solemn and occasionally humorous story of three reunited friends and their ways of dealing with the effects of PTSD.

In 2003, Doc (Steve Carrell), a Vietnam War veteren, meets up with his fellow soldiers Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Lawrence Fishburne). Doc reveals that his only son has been recently killed in the Iraq War and that would like the two of them to accompany him in bringing the body home for a proper burial. Sal accepts right away but Mueller is reluctant due to his new lifestyle as a clean-cut Reverend, but after some persuasion by his wife, the two join Doc in his lengthy journey back home.

Well-acted and carefully paced, Last Flag Flying is a respectable film about the effects of war on those who fought in it without the need to actually show the war itself. Each of the three lead actors did a fine job, in particular Bryan Cranston, who is responsible for some much needed comic relief during the film's more depressing moments. The film's simple plot allows for some engaging dialogue between the three friends to be real cause for holding the viewer's attention and, as a result, we are given an interesting look into the mindset of each of the three veterans and how they each cope with the post-war trauma, whether it's through light-hearted comedy or by following Christian principles laid out in the Bible.

I rate it 7/10


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