The Last Detail

The Last Detail ★★★★

Two sailors escort a Navy convict to prison in a dour, overcast and unspeakably sad road movie. Far less bawdy and far more gritty than the poster suggests. It’s interesting to contrast this Nicholson character, a gritty, rowdy alley cat of a shipman, with the Marine general he’d later play in “A Few Good Men”; this script and performance are a far more nuanced portrait of life in the military.