The Last Drop

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The Last Drop
Last Drop2.JPG
Directed by Colin Teague
Produced by Hamish Skeggs
Andrei Boncea
Written by Colin Teague
Gary Young
Starring Billy Zane
Michael Madsen
Karel Roden
Tommy Flanagan
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Maxime Alexandre
Edited by Michael Ellis
Production
  company
Carnaby International
Media Pro Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (UK)
Release date(s)
  • 8 March 2006 (2006-03-08) (UK)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Romania
Language English

The Last Drop is a 2006 British-Romanian war adventure film by Colin Teague that went directly to DVD release. Teague teamed up with Gary Young, with whom he had previously collaborated on the British crime drama films Shooters and Spivs. Incidentally, Andrew Howard and Louis Dempsey, who cowrote Shooters alongside Teague and Young, both appear briefly in the film.

Plot[edit]

The film is set in the backdrop of World War II, during Operation Market Garden, the largest full scale airborne invasion in history. Corporal Powell (Newbon), an undercover British Intelligence officer, has been given command of a small unit of men, codenamed Matchbox. Their assignment is to retrieve a horde of Dutch gold and art treasures that has been plundered by the Nazis in a seemingly impregnable booby trapped underground bunker. Simple enough, but when Matchbox is shot down short of the drop point their plan goes awry and Powell is forced to recruit the assistance of several colorful characters, including a smart mouthed petty thief (Moran), a drunken bomb disposal expert (Flanagan), and a smooth talking pilot with a keen eye for smooth ladies (Zane).

As Powell and his roving band of misfits fight their way through German counterattack, members of the Dutch resistance (Gaskell and Beed) have managed to pinpoint the location of the stolen loot, where it is about to be moved to Berlin by the vile SS Major Kessler (Fox) and his troops. Risking their lives, they communicate this vital information to British Intelligence in a courageous attempt to liberate the occupied Netherlands. At the same time, renegade German forces race to get their hands on the loot as well. It’s a race against the clock, in the midst of a heated battle, ending with an enthralling climax.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Laurence Fox SS Major Klaus Kessler
Louis Dempsey Snyder
Lucy Gaskell Benitta
Coral Beed Saskia
Andrew Howard Cpt Edward Banks
Jack Dee Warren
Neil Newbon Cpl Rhys Powell
Nick Moran Pvt Alan Ives
Rafe Spall Pvt David Wellings
Tommy Flanagan Pvt Dennis Baker
Sean Pertwee Sgt Bill McMillan
Billy Zane Flt Lt Robert Oates
Neil Jackson Flt Lt Simkins
Steve Speirs Gustav Hansfeldt
Agathe De La Boulaye Katrina
David Ginola Cpl Dieter Max
Karel Roden Sgt Hans Beck
Alexander Skarsgård Lt Jergen Voller
Michael Madsen Col J.T. Colt
Todd Spangler Shannon
Dave Evans Pvt Meyer
Justin Thompson Steiner
Gheorge Debre Mayer
Iaona Popescu-Galgotiu Mayer's Wife
Diarmid Scrimshaw Museum Guide
Aoife Madden Janet

Characters[edit]

The Allies[edit]

Neil Newbon as Corporal Powell
  • Corporal Rhys Powell, played by Neil Newbon, is an undercover SOE agent who has been tasked by British Intelligence as Matchbox’s team lead.
  • Private Alan Ives, played by Nick Moran, is a smart mouthed petty thief and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Private David Wellings, played by Rafe Spall, is a naïve medical orderly and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Private Dennis Baker, played by Tommy Flanagan, is a drunken, somewhat psychotic bomb disposal expert and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Sergeant Bill McMillan, played by Sean Pertwee, is a battle hardened veteran and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Flight Sergeant Robert Oates, played by Billy Zane, is a smooth talking Canadian pilot with a strong appetite for women, and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Benitta and Saskia, played by Lucy Gaskell and Coral Reed, respectively, are members of the Dutch resistance who will stop at nothing to liberate their beloved country.
Laurence Fox as Major Kessler

The Nazis[edit]

  • Sturmbannführer Klaus Kessler, played by Laurence Fox, is a ruthless Nazi tasked by the SS with safeguarding the loot. He and his elite team of storm troopers will go to great lengths to keep it from falling into enemy hands.

The renegade Germans[edit]

Film poster

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