The Last of the Finest

1990

Action / Crime / Drama

14
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 21%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 963

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Bill Paxton as Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Joe Pantoliano as Wayne Gross
Jeff Fahey as Ricky Rodriguez
Brian Dennehy as Frank Daly
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 6 / 10

Better Than Run of the Mill.

This story of four heroic Los Angeles cops is packed with action and camaraderie and it observes all the rules of the genre. The four discover that a politician is exchanging military gear with Central American forces -- we don't know which side or which country -- in exchange for twenty-two million dollars of used hundred-dollar bills. I think that's right. Cocaine is mixed up in it somehow. I was never very good at this sort of thing.

The four cops -- Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, and Bill Paxton -- discover that one of their superiors in the LAPD is particeps criminis and is covering up the operation. Dennehy proves to have too much probity for them so he quits the force. The others quit with him, determined to put a stop to these shenanigans. They do so, although at the loss of one of their own.

That merely adds revenge as a motive to these unfrocked officers of the law. There is the required final shoot out involving all kinds of weaponry and a helicopter that explodes in a fireball when it's down. I mean, it doesn't just flop around on the ground as downed choppers are want to do. There is a ball of flame full blown. There is an abundance of F bombs too. It's not a made-for-TV movie. The budget, if not lavish, was impressive enough.

Some of the banter is amusing. Pantoliano objects before one of the raids that nobody ever elected Dennehy as leader of the group. Dennehy agrees, saying this is a democracy and they should make proposals about the forthcoming action. They vote with great solemnity and elect Dennehy as leader of the group.

Not that much is called for in the way of acting. It might interfere with the headlong plot. Joe Pantoliano comes off best. His character is witty and earnest at the same time. Furthermore he is from Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra's home town, and at the time of Pantoliano's youth it was a funky town of stevedores, sailors, and saloons with sawdust floors. Besides, he was my co-star in an unforgettable movie whose title I've forgotten, and he proved to be an unprepossessing person.

Reviewed by nametoo105 8 / 10

a feel good movie of standing up for what you believe in

I was pleased with the cast of reputable players. The story is one of standing up for a cause, even if you are at personal risk in doing so. In a time where violence and pain are often in the movie forefront, this movie focuses on the old fashioned good cop. Although similar plots have been done repeatedly, these guys pull it off well. Kick back and enjoy. Dennehy is a master of taking over a movie.

Reviewed by bayardhiler 8 / 10

Decent Cop Dramedy With A Worthy Message

While I can't say "Last of the Finest" will go down as one of the most memorable films ever made, I am a bit surprised at how few reviews there are for it on this site since it is pretty decent for what it is. The movie is about a squad of four elite vice cops, who take their favorite past time of football just as seriously as do their job. They were formed to do the stuff that the ordinary cops couldn't. But when they start hitting brick walls after a failed drug bust, they begin to suspect that their superiors and possibly even some powerful players in the US government are involved in the drug trade in order to support some rebels fighting in Central America. So in order to find out the truth, they decide to resign and work outside the law. Admittedly this probably sounds similar to other films you might have seen. But the film manages to maintain it's own feel, manly due to the camaraderie and chemistry among the actors who play our heroes. You have the always enjoyable Brian Dennehy as the group's leader Frank, Joe Pantoliano as Wayne, Jeff Fahey as Ricky, and Brian Paxton as Hojo. All play their parts well and Brian Dennehy is able to shine as the one of the good guys instead of the usual heavies he's played through out his career.

And while the story may not be the most original ever written, it is one that has good dialog and also one that has an important message under the surface: Never, under any circumstances, trust your government, especially when they claim to be doing something for the common good! The film especially shows this at the very end in a sly, clever way. When you see it, you'll know what I mean. The movie does start out a little slow but at the same time you do get a chance to really know the characters and care about them. The movie also has some pretty decent villains in the form of Michael C. Gwynne as the Slimy Anthony Reece and Guy Boyd as Norringer. Like I mentioned earlier, the film seems to have gone under the radar. Perhaps it's because the market was already saturated with cop-buddy films at that time and the audience probably was getting tired of them by then. Still, if you should find yourself with nothing to do and are looking for a decent cop film, give "Last of the Finest" a chance.

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