The Last Boy Scout

Warner Bros. / Silver Pictures Released 1991




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Tony Scott (I)

A former Secret Service agent and retired pro quarterback team up to investigate the murder of a stripper. Joe Hallenbeck begins the film on a downward slope in his life as alcoholism has stripped him of his status as a top-of-the-line Secret Service agent. Now working as a lowly detective, he soon discovers his wife is also having an affair with his best friend. Joe soon sobers up, however, when he is initially hired to protect a stripper named Cory and then later sees her get gunned down as a victim of a violent death. Cory's boyfriend, former pro quarterback and illegal gambler Jimmy Dix, soon joins Joe on the case as both men feel there is more to the story than they are being told. Clues eventually lead to a bigger scandal involving a corrupt NFL team owner who is paying off legislators to legalize gambling in the league and threatens the future of professional football. The Last Boy Scout was directed by Tony Scott.



Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Last Boy Scout is a superb example of what it is: a glossy, skillful, cynical, smart, utterly corrupt and vilely misogynistic action thriller. To give it a negative review woul...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    The Last Boy Scout will win no year-end awards, but at least it delivers the goods-which is more that can be said for most of this year's holiday releases.

  • 63

    Boston Globe Matthew Gilbert

    While The Last Boy Scout covers no new ground, and while it features one of the heftier plot missteps in recent junk-movie history, it's far from the worst of shoot-'em-ups to burs...

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    • Production Budget - $29,000,000
      Domestic Gross -  $59,509,925 (22nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $115,344,653

    • Other production companies:
      Geffen Pictures (distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
      Beverly Hills, California
      Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
      San Marino, California
      West Hollywood, California

    • Taglines:
      1. The goal is to survive.
      2. They're two fallen heroes up against the gambling syndicate in pro sports.
      3. Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game.

    • Music:
      Friday Night's A Great Time For Football
      Written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis
      Performed by Bill Medley
      Moody River
      Written by Gary Bruce
      Performed by Pat Boone
      Gett Off
      Written by Prince
      Performed by Prince & The New Power Generation
      I Wanna Be A Cowboy
      Written by Brian Chatton, Nico Ramsden, Nick Richards and Jeff Seopardi
      Performed by Boys Don't Cry
      Written by Lindsey Buckingham


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