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The Last Supper (1995)

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, more...
Director: Stacy Title
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, Black Comedy
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese
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If you met Adolph Hitler when he was just a struggling cartoonist, wouldn't you have done the world a big favor by murdering him? That philosophical question provides the linchpin of this black comedy. Jude (Cameron Diaz), Pete (Ron Eldard), Paulie (Annabeth Gish), Marc (Jonathan Penner), and Luke (Courtney B. Vance) are five graduate students who are confirmed members of the political left, participate in small-scale activism, and share a house together. One night, Pete is stuck in the middle of nowhere, and Zack (Bill Paxton), a truck driver, gives him a lift home. The housemates are just about to sit down to dinner, so to show his gratitude, Pete asks Zack to join them. However, it soon becomes obvious that Zack doesn't share the group's political views, and when he states that he thinks Hitler had the right idea, the argument turns into a fight, with Zack brandishing a knife. The trucker is accidentally killed in the scuffle, and rather than report the death to the police, his body is buried in the backyard vegetable garden. However, the event prompts much discussion among the housemates -- if Zack was a hateful bigot, isn't the world better off without him? And wouldn't killing other ignorant hatemongers improve society all the more? Before long, the group is having a weekly dinner party in which they invite a special guest -- including an anti-environmental activist (Jason Alexander), a right-wing religious leader (Charles Durning), a sexist who doesn't believe there's such a thing as rape (Mark Harmon), and a teenager campaigning against sex education in schools (Erin Bryn) -- and serve them some wine, which happens to be laced with arsenic. While the group's attempt at community improvement does wonders for their tomato plants, the recent disappearances eventually attract the attention of the local sheriff (Nora Dunn). The Last Supper was the first feature for director Stacy Title, who won an Academy Award for her short subject Down on the Waterfront; screenwriter Dan Rosen appears in a supporting role as a police deputy. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Pleasantly Surprised by JTabor March 29, 2006 - 7:07 AM PST
The Last Supper is a dark comedy gem I enjoyed watching. I was amazed by all the big names that were in the movie even if they made a 5 minute or so cameo. I didn't know what to expect when I rented this one but I thought it might be good because of the few big names on the cast list. It's not a long movie and has an indie feel which is a nice break from mainstream comedy movies. Worth the hour an a half.

Goddarn Funny! by sinisterguffaw March 11, 2004 - 4:37 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I saw this one some few years ago, but the memory remains as vivid as if I had just seen it a week ago. A cleverly written, light-hearted dark comedy with an ensemble cast to die for, this farce will have people from either side of the political divide gasping for air.

Last Supper features some of Cameron Diaz's early work but don't let that scare you off. This film shows us why she's the star she is today. Ron Perlman plays the role of a conservative fundamentalist leader, and he plays it well. I have never seen him in such a comical role, and it was brilliant! I'd say this film and City of Lost Children are the reason I like him so much.

It's a little strange, really, because when I watched this the first time I had much more conservative views (borrowed from my parents) than I do now. But any way you look at it, this movie is hilarious!

But you don't have to take my word for it!

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