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Cosa Nostra: The Last Word [DVD] (1995)

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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Joe Pantoliano, Michelle Burke, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Directors: Tony Spiridakis
  • Writers: Tony Spiridakis
  • Producers: Joe Pantoliano, Avi Lerner, Dean Yacalis, Joseph Wolf, Randy Lippert
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Marquee Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJCP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Journalist and author Martin Ryan (Timothy Hutton) is overjoyed when a Hollywood producer wants to turn his Mafioso novel into a film. He travels to tinsel-town accompanied by two 'friends' escaping their pasts, an ex-enforcer (Joe Pantoliano) and a beautiful stripper (Michele Burke). On arrival, it seems that the producer (Richard Dreyfuss) is more interested in the stripper than Martin's novel.

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Timothy Hutton stars as Martin Ryan, a crusading journalist and author who becomes hopelessly entangled in the dark and dangerous world of mafia hardmen, corrupt film moguls, whores, strippers and vicious killers. With shades of both Get Shorty and Goodfellas, Ryan's big break comes when his Mafioso novel is chosen to be turned into a Hollywood movie. Heading for fame and fortune in Los Angeles, Ryan's accompanied by two very different 'friends' - an ex-wiseguy enforcer desperate to escape being 'whacked' by his own side (Joe Pantoliano) and a beautiful but troubled stripper (Michelle Burke) yearning to abandon her seedy and tragic past.

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The DVD states Richard Dreyfuss as the first name and Chazz Palminteri as the lead charcters;if you combine both their performances it is less than 5 minutes - very short cameos. This film really has little to do with them (their characters are key, but they are not the main characters).
This did put me off the film greatly, being a fan of any film Chazz has graced I was very disappointed with his short role as the Mob boss. So saying, Timothy Hutton and Joe Pantoliano are very good in their roles and they do help make the film watchable. The story lacks depth and the director spends slightly too long on the main sex scene in the film for my taste (making it seem life a short-course in Channel 5 soft core).
As I said, Joe Pantoliano makes a convincing Mob thug and Timothy Hutton also puts in a good performance.
Worth a look for the good lead performances and for the 2 cameos.
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By JMGB on 18 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
The worst mob film I have ever seen, the comments on the DVD compare it with Goodfellas; honestly, Dumb & Dumber (the worst elements of)is a more appropriate reference. Slow moving, witless, the lead characters lack gravity, they are unconvincing, the dialogue is awkward and stunted................I've said enough already
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2002
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Released in the US as part of a four-movie box set called 'Mob Hits', 'The Last Word' (keeping the title of the original stage play) ran to 94 minutes...retitled and rereleased four years after it was made (IMDb lists it as 1994, not 1998 as on this DVD), it's lost four minutes...perhaps this explains the picture of Cybill Shepherd on the back cover that doesn't actually appear in this version of the film, and also accounts for the abrupt and disjointed conclusion in the final two chapters of the disc. Apart from that, an intriguing film, though the mob action is more or less incidental. We do get a pre-Sopranos Joe Pantoliano wiseguy, though.
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The Last Word 17 Feb. 2012
By Mark Johnson - Published on
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A reporter tries to balance his loyalty to friends with his personal integrity in this drama. Martin (Timothy Hutton) is a newspaperman from Detroit who has just published a book on organized crime. Doc (Joe Pantoliano), his close friend, has low-level connections to the Mob, and helped him get much of the information. While working on a story, Martin meets Sara (Michelle Burke), an exotic dancer with a complex story. He and Sara find themselves attracted to one another, and a romance grows between them, but Sara is angered when Martin uses deeply personal details of her story in one of his columns. After Martin promises Sara he'll never again betray her confidence, Doc approaches him with an offer -- a movie studio has expressed an interest in Martin's book, and Doc is having a cash-flow problem that's put him in debt to Mob loan sharks. Why not make Doc the producer on the movie so he can make some quick money and pay off the thugs? While Martin weighs the wisdom of this course of action, a studio chief tells Martin he's interested in his recent column about the stripper; if he can integrate the story into his book, they're certain to make a deal. The Last Word also stars Richard Dreyfuss, Chazz Palminteri, Cybill Shepherd, and Roma Downey. ...The Last Word ( Cosa Nostra: The Last Word )
Three Stars 15 Nov. 2014
By Geradine Dinardo - Published on
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The Last Word should have come sooner rather than at the end of this movie
Five Stars 9 Feb. 2015
By Lori - Published on
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Cybill did a great job in this movie.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
stories to tell 17 Mar. 2001
By Peter Shelley - Published on
It wasn't until the end credits when I saw that writer/director Tony Spiridakis' film was based on a play that I could fathom the reason for his Clifford Odets-ian blather which passes as dialogue. Spiridakis was fortunate to be able to direct his own material - he manages to make a contribution to the genre of wacked auteur classics which teeters between genius and lunacy. These kind of films have their own fascination and Spiridakis' is just as strangely compelling. I can imagine anybody else wanting to excise these pungently lyrical encounters and pare down the treatment to it's plot points, but perhaps there is no way to do this, since it's hard to genre-place the material. It begins in Detroit as a mafioso thriller of sorts with Chaz Palminteri threatening Timothy Hutton as a the writer of a column "Scenes From Everyday Life". Hutton has collected his writing into a book which has Palminteri in threatening mode, since Hutton exposes the underworld low life, which has "consequences". The title of Hutton's column and book scream irony and the notion of writer as a mythological figure, a modern day Cassandra, is perhaps a little too much of an ego trip for Spiridakis. Things become more surreal when Hollywood calls and options Hutton's book, with the proviso that he includes the latter material he has published on a stripper named Caprice. Caprice is aptly named, a "class act" who strips wearing hideous clown orange glow lipstick and a peroxide wig to the sounds of classical music. (In the real world this kind of stripper would be fired after her first set). Naturally she and Hutton become an item and with Hutton's childhood friend, Joe Pantoliano, relocate to L.A. The L.A. scenes are said to show Hollywood's darker side, though they are most memorable for the star cameos Spiridakis features. Richard Dreyfuss, Tony Goldwyn, Cybill Shepherd, and Jimmy Smits make brief appearances (Smits gets 7 words) which is proof that either Spiridakis' dialogue can cast a wide spell or that he pays well. Palminteri only got one scene as well. Spiridakis presenst all this with a straight face, with the occasional Toni Childs croaker on the soundtrack, intercutting between Caprice painting and Hutton having sex with someone else, split second flashbacks to Caprice's tragic past (which includes a Golden Boy violin), and an amusing opening with the entrance of a long-stemmed flower box thought to be a machine gun at Hutton's book launch. His screenplay features endlessly quotable thearical flourishes though my favourites are a line to Caprice - "It's not easy to love the way you do and still be alive", and how Hutton is required to produce a screenplay "with teeth". Hutton performs his duets with Michelle Burke as Caprice in hushed reverential tones, as opposed to the yelling that takes place between him and Pantoliano. Panoliano probably comes off the best, since he tends to rush through his lines. There is an interesting parallel between the two men and the leads in Sweet Smell of Success, with Pantoliano like Tony Curtis' Sidney Falco. Burke however comes off the worst. It doesn't help that she resembles Holly Hunter, but having none of Hunter's ability, and she gets Spiridakis'worst excesses, like a montage of silent screams. Movies about Hollywood are always a little odd, just from the fact that it doubles the illusion, but this is one of the oddest.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Movie that unwrites itself... 19 Mar. 2001
By Timothy Mitchell - Published on
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Although, I willingly admit, the beginning of this movie begins with some very weak dialogue, by the end of the movie, you begin to realize it's all a joke.
Quick synopis: Timothy Hutton is a newspaper writer--writing columns about "scenes from everyday life." He publishes a book based on these columns, which his friend "doc" sends to a contact in hollywood. Meanwhile, Hutton's Character finds out that his true life stories got a guy killed by the local mob, and his wife leaves him. Hutton also meets a stripper who captivates him. From there we move to hollywood where Hutton needs to write a script with the edge his columns have, however, the studio wants his later work, including his article about the stripper, but she says he cannot. The tension builds.
The movie ends up being made, and that is where you see it make fun of itself and its hollywood dialogue. Very entertaining. But there's also some serious stuff at that point as well--more details of the strippers past and her own personal testimony and wisdon gleened from her experiences.
The juxtaposition of music and action in the movie is extremely well done. All together, a very good movie, even if the dialogue makes one want to cringe at times, at least it rights itself by the end.
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