The Last Boy Scout ****

The late Tony Scott was something of a whizz with big-star, big budget action; working with a profane Shane Black script, he crafted The Last Boy Scout as a tight, sour thriller for Bruce Willis. The star plays a booze-ridden cop who teams up with a football player (Damon Wayans) to uncover LA corruption. With plenty of abrasive dialogue and vicious, small-scale action, there’s lots for hardboiled genre fans to revel in, including Willis killing a man by smashing his nose through his face and a startling if barely relevant opening as a quarterback brings a gun to a rain-soaked football match.


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