Set to open the New York Film Festival on September 28, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying has been described as “sort of” a sequel to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail, a 1973 drama about two salty Navy veterans (Jack Nicholson, Otis Young) who take a young sailor (Randy Quaid) on a road trip to prison. Nicholson, Quaid and screenwriter Robert Towne were all nominated for Academy Awards.
Darryl Ponicsan, who wrote the original novel, penned a sequel in 2005 about the same characters retracing their journey years later. Linklater and Ponicsan have adapted it for the screen and, judging by the first trailer, it’s shot through with bittersweet nostalgia, yet still filled with mocking humor.
Watch the first trailer below.
Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan.
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) 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. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
November 3, 2017.