Last Flag Flying

| September 13, 2017 | 25 Comments

The publicists for Amazon Studios and Lionsgate want me to tell you about their film “Last Flag Flying” which will be released nationwide on November 17th;

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and 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 a 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.

Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.

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  1. Gregg Dewaele says:

    This is a loose remake of the classic “The Last Detail” with Jack Nicholson. The author Darryl Ponicsan is the same writer as “The Last Detail”. I actually work with his nephew and he told me about it…

    • Bobo says:

      I was about to say that it sounds a lot like The Last Detail, one of my favorites.

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        One of the great scenes in film is in The Last Detail when a crazed Jack Nicholson is lecturing Randy Quaid on Quaid’s passivity. It went something like this:

        Nicholson: Didn’t you ever want to just punch somebody’s face? Didn’t you ever want to bite their ear off?

        (Quaid thinks about it)

        Quaid: Well, no.

    • AZtoVA says:

      Wiki says it’s a sequel, not a remake.

      Sequel
      Main article: Last Flag Flying

      In 2006, filmmaker Richard Linklater expressed an interest in adapting Last Flag Flying, a sequel to The Last Detail, into a film.[37] In the novel, Buddusky runs a bar and is reunited with Larry Meadows after his son is killed in the Iraq War. Linklater’s adaptation is set for a 2017 release and will star Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Detail

  2. Open Channel D says:

    “Navy Corps medic”???

    What the fucking what?

    I don’t expect Obama to get it right, but the movie publicist has an obligation to get it right.

  3. FuzeVT says:

    If you want to see a good movie about bringing a deceased, young Marine home from war, see “Taking Chance”.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1019454/

    • Cris says:

      Based on a true event and no shaggy uniforms, haircuts or beards. It was nice to see a movie produced that went out of the way to portray this correctly. His folks attended 3/11’s MC Ball that year we returned and one of the chow halls at 29 Palms was named in his honor.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Kevin Bacon said it changed everything he thought about everything after he acted in that movie.
      The movie was about respect, that’s all.
      And it was spot on.
      I simply can’t watch it, and I own it, without someone dumping a bunch of sand in my eyes…

  4. Cris says:

    By the way, nice sideburns LtCol….

  5. Mike says:

    If it lives up to the trailer, it could be very good. But Hollywood does have a tendency to screw this kind of thing up. I usually enjoy the actors in it and I think I’d be willing to give it a chance. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ve already seen Hurt Locker.

  6. OldCorpsTanker72 says:

    That picture up at the top just pisses me off.

    • FuzeVT says:

      So assuming one doesn’t normally get their 20 year old uniforms fitted regularly, that would mean that Laurence Fishburne’s uniform is the way he left when he got out in his youth.

      Must have been a really fat Marine.

  7. Doc Savage says:

    “Navy Corps medic”

    So…..the Navy and the Army finally got around to that joint combat medicine program, huh?

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