Last Holiday

A bitter-sweet little film written by JB Priestley. Informed that he has no more than a few weeks to live, a hard-working nonentity (Guinness) collects his savings, checks into a posh hotel, and resolves to go out like a gentleman. Here his life changes beyond all recognition: he finds love and happiness, and has an equally beneficent effect on those around him. It's a charming notion, Utopia on the never-never; and while the final twist is a bit tricky, the picture is surprisingly moving, delicately handled and full of lovely vignettes. Unlikely as it may seem, this was the inspiration for Aki Kaurismäki's I Hired a Contract Killer.

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Henry Cass
Screenwriter: JB Priestley
Cast: Alec Guinness
Kay Walsh
Beatrice Campbell
Bernard Lee
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Muriel George
Helen Cherry
Grégoire Aslan
Ernest Thesiger
Sidney James

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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godfrey hamilton

Released in the US under Criterion's excellent value 'Art House' bargain run of dvds, and, I'm delighted to say, broadcast on Turner Classic Movies here (in the US) last week. At last I was able to catch up with this well-anticipated gem; it's delightful, touching, superbly acted (especially by the underrated Kay Walsh) and deliciously entertaining from start to finish. Great stuff.

godfrey hamilton

Released in the US under Criterion's excellent value 'Art House' bargain run of dvds, and, I'm delighted to say, broadcast on Turner Classic Movies here (in the US) last week. At last I was able to catch up with this well-anticipated gem; it's delightful, touching, superbly acted (especially by the underrated Kay Walsh) and deliciously entertaining from start to finish. Great stuff.

Spud

Brilliant! possibly my favourite Alec Guinness Film, if you haven't seen it, beg, borrow or steal a copy!!!

Spud

Brilliant! possibly my favourite Alec Guinness Film, if you haven't seen it, beg, borrow or steal a copy!!!