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The Last Good Time Details

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An elderly retired violinist befriends a troubled young woman in this touching, sensitively performed drama. Armin Mueller-Stahl stars as Joseph Kopple, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, Kopple stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for entertainment. This routine is disrupted, however, when he witnesses a violent fight between his neighbor, Eddie (Adrian Pasdar), and his girlfriend Charlotte (Olivia d'Abo). Kopple takes an interest in the young woman, eventually taking her in when he learns that she has no place to stay. The gentle Kopple possesses a traditional, European restraint, while Charlotte is tough and jaded. Nevertheless, the two soon become close companions, sharing their pain and finding unexpected solace in each other. Director Bob Balaban uses his acting background to draw strong performances from his cast, particularly Mueller-Stahl, whose sensitive portrayal of Kopple proves the film's greatest asset. Despite the potentially sentimental subject matter, these performances ensure that the film presents a believably complex and affecting portrayal of the feelings surrounding old age. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast

Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Joseph Kopple
Maureen Stapleton
as Ida Cutler
Lionel Stander
as Howard Singer
Olivia D'Abo
as Charlotte Zwicki
Adrian Pasdar
as Eddie

Crew

Bob Balaban
Director
Bob Balaban
Producer
Klaus Volkenborn
Producer
Dean Silvers
Producer
Bob Balaban
Screenwriter
Richard Bausch
Book Author
Claudia Raschke
Cinematographer
Jonathan Tunick
Composer (Music Score)
Hughes Winborne
Editor
Wing Lee
Production Designer
Michael Shaw
Art Director
Ricardo Freixa
Associate Producer
Betsy Alton
Set Designer
Kimberly A. Tillman
Costume Designer
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
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