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The Last Word

Filmed in Detroit and Los Angeles by Chance the Moon Inc. and Arama Entertainment. Executive producers , Avi Lerner, Joseph Wolf, Shimon Arama; producers, Randy Lippert, Tony Spiridakis; writer-director, Spiridakis; camera, Zoltan David; editor, Andy Blumenthal; designer, David J. Bomba; costumes, Carolyn Greco; music, Paul Buckmaster. TX:Cast: Timothy Hutton, Joe Pantoliano, Michelle Burke, Chazz Palminteri, Tony Goldwyn, Cybill Shepherd, Richard Dreyfuss, Roma Downey, Joe Cortese, Holley Chant, Nick Melle, Joe Kennedy, Dayton Callie, Leon Morenzie, Mark Neal, Richard Zavaglia, Bel Hernandez, Andrea Fry, Tim Pulice, Gianna Renaudo, Troy Brown, Brittany McCrenna, Terence M. McGuire, Bill Paquette, Jared Seide, Robin Avery, David Baer, Jon Dawson. Viewers able to park their credulity elsewhere during "The Last Word" might detect a few merits in the momentum of writer-director Tony Spiridakis' pacing and the clippity-clop overlaps in Andy Blumenthal's breathless editing. They might locate a few more in Zoltan David's camera work, contrasting the seamiest of Detroit back alleys with the most enticing vistas off Mulholland Drive. But credulity is, nevertheless, sorely taxed. Will she relent? Will she then walk out on noble Martin and revert to her sleazoid existence? For all the surface glitz, there isn't much in the prevailing deadpan performances -- which include cameos by Shepherd and the ubiquitous Richard Dreyfuss -- to make anyone care.

Filmed in Detroit and Los Angeles by Chance the Moon Inc. and Arama Entertainment. Executive producers , Avi Lerner, Joseph Wolf, Shimon Arama; producers, Randy Lippert, Tony Spiridakis; writer-director, Spiridakis; camera, Zoltan David; editor, Andy Blumenthal; designer, David J. Bomba; costumes, Carolyn Greco; music, Paul Buckmaster. TX:Cast: Timothy Hutton, Joe Pantoliano, Michelle Burke, Chazz Palminteri, Tony Goldwyn, Cybill Shepherd, Richard Dreyfuss, Roma Downey, Joe Cortese, Holley Chant, Nick Melle, Joe Kennedy, Dayton Callie, Leon Morenzie, Mark Neal, Richard Zavaglia, Bel Hernandez, Andrea Fry, Tim Pulice, Gianna Renaudo, Troy Brown, Brittany McCrenna, Terence M. McGuire, Bill Paquette, Jared Seide, Robin Avery, David Baer, Jon Dawson. Viewers able to park their credulity elsewhere during “The Last Word” might detect a few merits in the momentum of writer-director Tony Spiridakis’ pacing and the clippity-clop overlaps in Andy Blumenthal’s breathless editing. They might locate a few more in Zoltan David’s camera work, contrasting the seamiest of Detroit back alleys with the most enticing vistas off Mulholland Drive. But credulity is, nevertheless, sorely taxed. Will she relent? Will she then walk out on noble Martin and revert to her sleazoid existence? For all the surface glitz, there isn’t much in the prevailing deadpan performances — which include cameos by Shepherd and the ubiquitous Richard Dreyfuss — to make anyone care.

The Last Word

(Sun. (27), 8-9:30 p.m., Showtime)

Production: Martin (Timothy Hutton) writes a lifestyle column for a Detroit paper; his fast-talking pal and pipeline, ex-mafioso Doc (Joe Pantoliano), swings a deal to sell a Hollywood producer (Tony Goldwyn) on filming some of Martin's juiciest exposes. Stripper and one-time hooker Sara, aka Caprice (Michelle Burke), sashays into Martin's line of sight, his bed and his script.

Cast: With an onset of insight rare in high journalistic circles, Martin decides that Sara/Caprice is both the peg and the playmate of his dreams. She however, turns reticent.

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