Hal Ashby‘s The Last Detail sailed into theaters in December of 1973. The film follows two Navy old-timers, Billy “Badass” Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Richard “Mule” Mulhall (Otis Young) who are tasked with escorting a young sailor, Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid), to a naval prison in New Hampshire. Meadows has drawn a harsh, 8-year sentence for petty theft and Buddusky is determined to show the naive youngster a good time before his incarceration.
My mother took me to see this profanity-laden tale featuring fisticuffs and prostitution when the film first hit theaters and I quite enjoyed it. I was seven-years-old. The performances are excellent and you really feel for young Meadows. Thanks, Mom!
Previously on Trailer Tuesday: ‘Dirty Harry’ (1971)