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Last Chance Harvey Details


A disastrous trip to London proves to have a silver lining for a middle-aged American jingle writer in this romantic slice-of-life drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Harvey (Hoffman) is about to lose his unfulfilling dead-end job writing jingles when he boards a plane to attend his daughter's wedding in London. He hasn't turned out a memorable tune in some time, and should Harvey fail to come up with something catchy during his trip overseas, he knows that his boss (Richard Schiff) is ready and willing to let him go. Upon arriving in London, Harvey is devastated to learn that his daughter (Liane Balaban) has opted to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. And things are about to get worse, too. Harvey realizes that he won't be able to suppress his sadness through the whole reception, and makes a quick getaway in hopes of catching a plane back home. Perhaps if he can attend an important meeting on Monday morning, his boss will have some sympathy and grant him a momentary reprieve. No such luck, however, because when Harvey misses the flight and calls his boss to explain, he is fired over the phone. Later, at the airport bar, Harvey is drowning his sorrows when he strikes up a conversation with no-nonsense Office of National Statistics employee Kate (Thompson). Kate doesn't have much of a social life; most of her time outside of work is spent suffocating under the love of her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins). She's just gotten through a humiliating string of blind dates, and something about Harvey's situation and demeanor strikes a sympathetic chord in the lonely civil servant. Likewise, Kate's intelligence and compassion prove unexpectedly invigorating to Harvey. Both Harvey and Kate had always assumed that love had passed them by -- could this middle-aged romance be the glimmer of a new beginning? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 2008


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dustin Hoffman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Thompson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2008 Nominee


Dustin Hoffman
as Harvey Shine
Emma Thompson
as Kate Walker
Kathy Baker
as Jean
James Brolin
as Brian
Eileen Atkins
as Maggie Walker
Liane Balaban
as Susan
Richard Schiff
as Marvin
Bronagh Gallagher
as Oonagh
Jeremy Sheffield
as Matt
Daniel Lapaine
as Scott
Patrick Baladi
as Simon
Adam James
as Josh Hillman
Michael Landes
as Peter Turner
Jamie Sives
as Doctor Butler
Kate Harper
as Jill
Angela Griffin
as Melissa
Alex Avery
as Andrew
Tim Ahern
as Barry
Charlotte Lucas
as Gwen


Joel Hopkins
Tim Perell
Nicola Usborne
Joel Hopkins
John DeBorman
Dickon Hinchliffe
Composer (Music Score)
Robin Sales
Suzanne Austin
Art Director
Patrick Rolfe
Supervising Art Director
Jawal Nga
Executive Producer
Natalie Ward
Costume Designer
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes
Set Decorator
Mark Holding
Sound/Sound Designer
Elaine Grainger
Ali Farrell
Laura Rosenthal
Julie Dartnell
Jamie Roden
Re-Recording Mixer
Matthew Penry-Davey
Second Assistant Director
Francisco Alberto
Libbie Barr
Script Supervisor
Malcolm McLean
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Neal Champion
Special Effects Supervisor
Kelly Howard-Garde
Unit Production Manager
Oliver Tarney
Supervising Sound Editor
Guy Tannahill
Line Producer