Last Embrace (Blu-ray)
It begins with an ancient warning. It ends at the edge of Niagara Falls. In between there are 5 murders. Solve the mystery. Or die trying.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 14, 2014
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: On-camera interview with producer Michael Taylor
- Original theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- DTS - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Roy Scheider & Janet Margolin|
|Performer:||Christopher Walken, John Glover, Sam Levene, Charles Napier, Jacqueline Brookes & David Margulies|
|Directed by||Jonathan Demme|
|Edited by||Barry Malkin|
|Screenwriting by||David Shaber|
|Composition by||Miklos Rozsa|
|Produced by||Michael Taylor & Dan Wigutow|
|Director of Photography:||Tak Fujimoto|
Suspense tropes that Demme would tweak to much greater effect in Silence of the Lambs just don't come off here, and the leads never generate romantic sparks. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Belabored imitation Hitchcock
Las Vegas Review-Journal
...LAST EMBRACE ranks among the best [of Hitchcock homages], both for its subtlety and suspenseful pacing....[Scheider] delivers a convincing, nerve-tingling performance...
New York Times
Rating: 2/5 -- Demme puts nothing of himself into these paranoid shenanigans -- the movie is all too transparently his attempt to do something bankable. Full Review
Last Embrace is directed by Jonathan Demme and it packs a real wallop of suspense. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
CIA secret agent Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) has not been the same since his wife's murder. He suffers a nervous breakdown after the tragedy, which lands him in a sanitarium. Once released, he is pushed in front of a train and only narrowly escapes. Then he receives a cryptic letter that foretells his death. Now Harry suspects that he too is in danger and perhaps the target of a larger conspiracy, especially after he meets a graduate student named Ellie who might not be whom she claims to be, and malevolent types such as a homicidal prostitute and a pushy detective begin to crowd his sinister world. Are Harry's mournful anxieties just degenerating into paranoid madness' He has to discern reality from illusion while on the run because the menace is closing in on him fast. Jonathan Demme directed this elegant homage to director Alfred Hitchock that features several sequences that mirror the suspense master's own. A shower curtain pulled quickly back might remind viewers of PSYCHO; a frame filled with people all wearing the same raincoat mimics the famed overhead shot of a crowd of umbrellas in FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT; and the ominous soundtrack was composed by SPELLBOUND scorer Miklos Rosza.
Jonathan Demme directed this well-crafted homage to Alfred Hitchcock. After his wife is brutally murdered in a restaurant, CIA agent Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) breaks down and slowly comes to realize that his department doesn't want him to return to work. He also begins to suspect that he is potentially next on the agency's hit list. A cryptic Jewish death threat suggests that the CIA might not be the only ones involved.
- Filmed on location in Niagara Falls, New York.
- In another homage to Hitchcock, LAST EMBRACE even includes a MacGuffin--a convoluted plot thread that may or may not have anything to do with the story: in this case, a cryptic Hebrew death threat. Many Hitchcock films have MacGuffins, such as the stolen money in PSYCHO or the heavy sand in NOTORIOUS.