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The Last September (1999)

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In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying... See full summary »

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Deborah Warner

Writers:

Elizabeth Bowen (novel), John Banville (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Sir Richard Naylor
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... O'Brien
Keeley Hawes ... Lois Farquar
David Tennant ... Gerald Colthurst
Richard Roxburgh ... Daventry
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Peter Connolly
Maggie Smith ... Lady Myra
Maeve Kearney Maeve Kearney ... Maid 1
Lambert Wilson ... Hugo Montmorency
Jane Birkin ... Francie Montmorency
Jonathan Slinger ... Laurence Carstairs
Francine Mulrooney Francine Mulrooney ... Maid 2
Fiona Shaw ... Marda Norton
Emily Nagle ... Livvy Connolly
Catherine Walsh Catherine Walsh ... Doreen Hartigan
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Storyline

In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic frolics with a soldier and a hidden guerrilla fighter. All of the principals are thrown into turmoil when one more guest arrives with considerable wit and unwanted advice. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In the heart of a young woman, lies a secret that divides a nation.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó ősz See more »

Filming Locations:

Slane, County Meath, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$478,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$478,053
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, Fiona Shaw, and David Tennant all appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise. See more »


Soundtracks

You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
(1913)
Music by James V. Monaco (as James Monaco)
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy (as James McCarthy)
Performed by Al Jolson
Published by Francis Day and Hunter Limited-Redwood Music
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A worthwhile filmic interpretation of a topic that is so not widely-known outside of Britain and Eire.
8 July 2006 | by cassandra2006See all my reviews

Absorbing screen play. Not easy, not especially familiar to many of us but extremely thought-provoking, given the Anglo-Irish theme and the time in which the film is set. An excellent cast led by the magnificent Maggie Smith who simply oozes condescension, snobbery, class-ism and caste-ism, while displaying genuine affection for 'her own kind of people'. The setting of faded yet comfortable gentility is just right and the inclusion of down-on-their-luck relatives rings true also. Keely Hawes creates the right air of fragility, self-absorption and feyness. Her scenes with the admirable Fiona Shaw are powerful and reflect her dawning sense of self and of a desperation to escape, as the story unfolds. And David Tennant? Heartbreakingly real as the young would-be lover and army officer. What a very fine actor he is, despite a rather anaemic and quite unnecessary moustache. So good too to see the excellent Richard Roxburgh, playing Tennant's best pal in the army.

In summary, a film that is worth making the effort to see and to mull over. An auspicious beginning for Deborah Warner.


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