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Last Holiday (2006)

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Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

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Wayne Wang

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Jeffrey Price (screenplay), Peter S. Seaman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Georgia Byrd
LL Cool J ... Sean Matthews
Timothy Hutton ... Matthew Kragen
Giancarlo Esposito ... Senator Dillings
Alicia Witt ... Ms. Burns
Gérard Depardieu ... Chef Didier
Jane Adams ... Rochelle
Michel Estime ... Marlon (as Mike Estime)
Susan Kellermann ... Gunther
Jascha Washington ... Darius
Matt Ross ... Adamian
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Dr. Gupta
Michael Nouri ... Congressman Stewart
Jaqueline Fleming ... Tanya
Kendall Mosby ... Anton
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Storyline

In morte veritas. Georgia Byrd clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn't left Louisiana. All that changes when a CT Scan discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks. Will the truth set them free? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Enjoy yourself . . . It's later than you think! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Las últimas vacaciones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,508,779, 15 January 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,360,195, 5 March 2006
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The writers of this film are big fans of Ealing Studios comedies, and jumped at the chance to remake the original Alec Guinness film, Last Holiday (1950). Originally they intended for John Candy to play George Bird, but the project was shelved after Candy's death. It was resurrected years later when Queen Latifah's agent read the script, and contacted the writers about rewriting the story for a woman in the lead. See more »

Goofs

When Georgia books her trip to Karlovy Vary on Travelocity, the departure date for her flight originally indicates December 26. However, on the next screen, the departure date indicates December 25. The flight attendant announces the flight as December 25 (Christmas holiday). See more »

Quotes

Gunther: Don't die, Miss Byrd, I read the note.
Georgia Byrd: You went through my stuff?
Gunther: Ja, I go through everyone's stuff, forgive me.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show us how everybody in the movie's futures turned out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Queen Latifah Show: John Travolta/Alicia Keys (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get It On
by Marvin Gaye & Ed Townsend
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Austin Movie Show review - adorable and enjoyable
22 January 2006 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

I had no idea I would enjoy myself so much! Queen Latifah plays Georgia Byrd, a shy, quiet, insecure frump, with a secret passion for cooking and for her co-worker, Sean (the most endearing character that L.L. Cool J. has ever played!). After hitting her head and suffering a concussion, Georgia has a cat-scan that reveals several brain tumors. With less than a month to live, Georgia takes all the money she has and treats herself to the European vacation of a lifetime. She flies first class, stays in the Presidential suite, eats the finest food, and lives like she was dying. "Last Holiday" is pure fantasy and pure fun, and it never takes death too seriously. Gerard Depardieu plays the delightful world-famous Chef Didier who equates Georgia's appetite for food with an exquisite appetite for life. "The meaning of life," he tells her, "is butter." So go treat yourself to this fun little film, get a large popcorn, and don't skip on the butter.


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