The Last Producer
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The Last Producer is a 2000 American drama film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. It also featured Sean Astin, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Rod Steiger, and Benjamin Bratt. It was also referred to as The Final Hit in final packaging and promotional materials. It is the final film to be directed by Reynolds before his death in 2018.
|The Last Producer|
|Directed by||Burt Reynolds|
|Produced by||Daniel Bigel|
|Written by||Clyde Hayes|
|Music by||Peter Manning Robinson|
|Edited by||Jennifer Jean Cacavas|
Sonny Wexler (Reynolds) is an aging, washed-up, veteran producer with a pill-popping wife (Ann-Margret). In his heyday, Sonny produced an Oscar nominated movie, but now he finds he's a "has been" in a Hollywood that's been taken over by a younger generation, personified by studio executive Damon Black (Bratt) and foreign investors.
Knowing that he is soon going to die or be forgotten, he decides to wager all his strength in one last movie, something for which he can be remembered. His chance comes in the form of a brilliant script optioned from a promising young writer (Astin). But when Black (Bratt) undercuts the deal and eases Sonny out, Sonny has seventy-two hours to come up with enough money to purchase the script for himself. In desperation, he turns to the mafia to borrow the $50,000 he needs.
- Burt Reynolds as Sonny Wexler
- Rod Steiger as Sheri Ganse
- Benjamin Bratt as Damon Black
- Ann-Margret as Mira Verder
- Lauren Holly as Frances Chadway
- Sean Astin as Bo Pomerantz
- Kim Chase as Teddy
- Charles Durning as Syd Wolf
- Robert Goulet as Henry Moore
- Erin Gray as Dee Freeman
- E. J. Peaker as Rosie
- Angie Dickinson as Poker Player
- Anthony John Denison as Poker Player
- James Farentino as Poker Player
- Alex Rocco as Poker Player
- Shelley Berman as Poker Player
- Shecky Greene as Poker Player
The film was released on home video in Iceland and Argentina in 2000 before airing on television in the U.S. in 2001. It was later re-titled The Last Hit for its U.S. home video release.
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