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The Last Drop (2006)

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Different factions in WWII-era Holland race to find a stash of Nazi gold.

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Colin Teague

Writers:

Gary Young (screenplay), Colin Teague (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fox ... SS Maj. Klaus Kessler
Louis Dempsey ... Snyder
Lucy Gaskell ... Benitta
Coral Beed Coral Beed ... Saskia
Andrew Howard ... Capt. Edward Banks
Jack Dee ... Warren
Neil Newbon ... Cpl. Rhys Powell
Nick Moran ... Pvt. Alan Ives
Rafe Spall ... Pvt. David Wellings
Tommy Flanagan ... Pvt. Dennis Baker
Sean Pertwee ... Sgt. Bill McMillan
Billy Zane ... Flt. Lt. Robert Oates
Neil Jackson ... Flt. Sgt. Simkins
Steve Speirs ... Gustav Hansfeldt
Agathe de La Boulaye ... Katrina
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In a daring attempt to end the war by Christmas, Winston Churchill and the British High Command hatch an extraordinary plan - Operation Market Garden. 35,000 British troops are dropped behind enemy lines in German occupied Holland. In the midst of the largest airborne invasion in history, one small unit of men, codename "Matchbox" has its own agenda. When Matchbox are shot down short of their landing zone, the odds of their success seem hopeless. Seven very different British soldiers find themselves separated from the Allied invasion, on a collision course with three renegade German soldiers who also want to lay claim to the horde. Written by RS

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The fog of war... what better time for a robbery? See more »

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Action | Adventure | Crime | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Carnaby Films [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó bevetés See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White | Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in September 1944. See more »

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When the 2 Germans who were dress as Americans took the jeep, it was an M38 Jeep, but in the next scene it became a Willy's. See more »

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Cpl Ives: I know your face. North Africa, Royal Engineers, Black Watch. Horrible time it was. You get sand in places you never knew you had.
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Surprisingly enjoyable World War Two romp around rural Europe, as treasures go missing and dastardly Germans need to be thwarted.
13 October 2009 | by johnnyboyzSee all my reviews

Did the British really need to produce a loose clone of Kelly's Heroes and Three Kings but with a smattering of 'what's-his-name' acting talent and ex-professional footballers to boot? Perhaps not, but in The Last Drop we've done exactly that and in a bizarre, surreal twist; it actually sort of works out. The film is nothing more than a good-looking B-movie; a chase film-come-war flick that somewhat undercooks the harsh realities of war itself with chases and unrealistic gunfights under a faux banner of heroism and 'upstanding-ness' but pulls through. By the time the finale had arrived, I was surprised by how much I'd gotten involved with some of the characters and was eager to see how it would all play out.

I think you watch The Last Drop with a knowing smile. Any film that proudly boasts, at the end of its opening credits, that it has a "special appearance by Michael Madsen" has to be taken in a certain manner; almost as if the piece is embarrassed Madsen is in it. If Madsen ever got round to watching it, he might've have been embarrassed to have been in it himself. Similalrly, the casting of David Ginola as a crack-Nazi sniper is a post-modern masterstroke; there's an instance in which Nick Moran's character catches the guy off guard and marches him out of a hiding spot – at no point does anyone get up and shout "Hold on! That's Ed from Lock, Stock decked out as a Second World War soldier holding up ex-footballer David Ginola!" But what can you do?

As mentioned, it's World War Two and during all the trouble and strife in Nazi occupied Europe........some Dutch artwork goes missing – oh, woe is them. Those dastardly Nazis are swiping the loot and taking it back to Berlin. "Oh no! Not on my watch!" a brave and optimistic allied higher-up exclaims; only, he doesn't, because it's Jack Dee and he, like, you know, like -just hands over a mission in a folder in a dimmed room in that typical manner he does. The mission is code-named Operation Matchbox and the plan is to drop some allied forces into rural Netherlands to try and figure out what the deal is with the swag.

On a very, very basic level; The Last Drop works as a rapid but pretty well grounded chase thriller as separate parties aim to reach the aforementioned MacGuffin. The film is a war-set comic book; a collection of colourful creations, easily distinguishable heroes and villains as well as a collection of caricatures and clichés. The group is made up of, but not limited to, a certain Private Ives (Moran); a Sergeant McMillian (Pertwee) and, pretty much in it solely in it for the American market so that distribution is made easier, a certain Flight Sergeant Oats, as portrayed by Billy Zane. One man knows the whereabouts of the item: a slightly overweight, balding and weak individual whom gets slapped about a bit by the enemy but wants in on the treasure all the same. He is Gustav Hansfeldt (Speirs).

If anyone is familiar with those old 'Warlord' comics from the 1970s and 80s, then a blast is to be had out of The Last Drop; a film that has its Germans so typically, typically evil; most of its Brits talk with a cockney lilt and its Americans chomp down on cigars as they attempt to hold bridges – all without shame and all with its tongue firmly entrenched within its cheek. I wouldn't go so far as to call The Last Drop cheap or exploitative: we enjoy the clichés; the action sequences; the scenes of chase and those in which, on the bridge with Madsen and his Americans for instance, certain characters must bluff their way through in order to survive. But that doesn't mean we enjoy warfare, as there are certain sequences in which the Second World War makes itself known; be it either confined to a woodland area as an enemy machine gun opens up and you feel the characters are in danger; or another scene in which the characters must flee to the sanctuary of another wooded area to avoid an on-coming enemy place. The scenes work well and there's a sense these guys might get hurt.

I think this shift in atmosphere and content works; the split down the middle between what constitutes as exciting action and harrowing warfare is blended well. Overall, I think The Last Drop is worth a watch, if only just, as standard three star out of five film. It doesn't give itself any moral ground to get bogged down with as the protagonists are in it for the right to return the items anyway, and it refrains from targeting any specific groups or 'types' of people; the Nazis are evil, obviously, but the film finds room to incorporate brave minded and strong-willed women who are members of the Dutch resistance. If it sounds like what you're looking for, there are slight pleasures to be had out of it.


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