The Last Movie Star

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The Last Movie Star
The Last Movie Star.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam Rifkin
Produced by
  • Brian Cavallaro
  • Neil Mandt
  • Adam Rifkin
  • Gordon Whitener
Written byAdam Rifkin
Music by
CinematographyScott Winig
Edited byDan Flesher
  • Whitener Entertainment Group
  • Mandt Bros. Productions
Distributed byA24
Release date
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$14,410[2]

The Last Movie Star is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Adam Rifkin. The film stars Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane and Chevy Chase.

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2017. It was released through DirecTV Cinema on February 22, 2018, before being released in a limited release and through video on demand on March 30, 2018, by A24.


An aging movie star is invited to a small, local film festival in Nashville. He attends and goes on a journey throughout his past as he faces the fact that his glory days are behind him.



Principal photography began on May 9, 2016.[3] Most of the film was shot in Knoxville, Tennessee.[4]


The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2017.[1][5] On June 14, 2017, A24 and DirecTV Cinema acquired distribution rights to the film.[6] Shortly thereafter, the film's title was changed from the working title Dog Years, in a mutual decision between the filmmakers and A24 (who made the suggestion).[7] It was released on February 22, 2018, through DirecTV Cinema before being released in a limited release and through video on demand on March 30, 2018.[8]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 48% based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.[9]


The film, as Dog Years, received the Chairman's Award at the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival.[10]


  1. ^ a b Uhlich, Keith (2017-04-22). "'Dog Years' Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  2. ^ "The Last Movie Star". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "On the Set for 5/13/16: Paul Rudd Starts Rolling on 'An Ideal Home', Gal Gadot Wraps Shooting on 'Wonder Woman'". SSN Insider. May 13, 2016. Archived from the original on April 29, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Jones, Maggie (March 2, 2017). "Knoxville-shot movie 'Dog Years' to debut at Tribeca Film Festival". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Ehrlich, David (2017-04-26). "Dog Years Review: Burt Reynolds Stars In a Strange Tribute to Himself". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  6. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (June 14, 2017). "A24, DirecTV Acquire Burt Reynolds Tribeca Pic 'Dog Years'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Jones, Maggie. "Knoxville-filmed 'Dog Years' receives new name, 'The Last Movie Star'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ Lee Linker, Lauren (February 15, 2018). "Burt Reynolds sends up his own image The Last Movie Star trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Last Movie Star (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "2017 Award Winners". San Diego International Film Festival SDiFF. Retrieved 2018-04-23.

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