‘Last Flag Flying’ Trailer: Cranston, Carell & Fishburne Lead Linklater’s Promising Dramedy

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Amazon Studios has dropped the first trailer for Last Flag Flying, the latest film from five-time Oscar nominated writer-director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Boyhood).

Linklater has adapted Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, which tells of three Vietnam War vets (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne) who reunite in 2003 when one of them loses their son in the Iraq War. When Doc (Carell) refuses to have his son buried at U.S. military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, the three take the casket on a journey back to his home New Hampshire.

A great cast cast, a highly capable filmmaker and a narrative that could speak volumes on loss, friendship, ageing, the military and war. This looks fantastic. Fingers crossed.

Amazon proved themselves to be a studio to be reckoned with last year’s acclaimed drama Manchester by the Sea; could Last Flag Flying be on the same award-attracting path? The film’s Oscar-friendly U.S. release date of November 3 suggests the studio has confidence.

Synopsis for Last Flag Flying:

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Amazon Studios presents, a Detour film production, a Zenzero Pictures/Cinetic Media production, a Richard Linklater film.

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