February 24th, 2014: The Last Seduction (1994)

The Last Seduction

Cast and Crew:  Dean Norris, J.T. Walsh, Bill Nunn

What It’s About:  Femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Lina Fiorentino)  steals her husband Clay’s (Bill Pullman) drug money and leaves New York and ends up hiding out in the small town of Beston, where she sees a way out of her problem in bartender Mike Swale (Peter Berg)….

Why Watch it Today?: The Oscars are coming up and our Movie of the Day is a famous Academy flub.  Despite Fiorentino’s much praised performance, she couldn’t be nominated for an Oscar because, in the U.S., at least, The Last Seduction hit cable before theaters.  As a little counter-programming, savor Fiorentino’s deliciously devious star turn in today’s movie.

Other Choices:  True Grit earned John Wayne his first (and only) Academy Award, of whichd Wayne infamously quipped, “If I’d known this was all it would take, I’d have put that eyepatch on 40 years ago.”

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2 comments on “February 24th, 2014: The Last Seduction (1994)

  1. geelw says:

    She was robbed for sure. I think I saw this on cable and then heard about the snub and got confused because I think that was the first time I can recall that happening. Then again, I haven’t watched that ceremony is ages, so I kind of don’t care these days who wins or loses…

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I don’t particularly care who wins or loses but usually end up watching anyway out of habit. It’s kind of inexplicable.

      Oscars and Oscar nods can be a good guide to, at the very least, the films that were considered notably good and important in their day, but you just can’t take it any more seriously than that. 🙂

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