Last Flag Flying


Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and 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 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 experiences of the war that continue to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) and author Darryl Ponicsan (“Cinderella Liberty”) collaborated on the screenplay, which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present. Although not a sequel in the traditional sense, “Last Flag Flying” consciously evokes the spirit of Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail,” which was also based on a Ponicsan novel. Indiewire calls the film “a thoughtful and well-acted look at confused, estranged people working through their problems with the fine art of conversation.”

124 min.

Directed by

Richard Linklater

Film Category

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