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

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Wayne Wang

Writers:

Jeffrey Price (screenplay), Peter S. Seaman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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 Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic, 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual reference | See all certifications »

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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 the Grandhotel Pupp hotel staff are conversing in the kitchen about Georgia, the hotel's receptionist is seen placing a spoon inside of her mouth for several seconds. This spoon changes location based on the various camera angles. See more »

Quotes

Gunther: You were misdiagnosed by a faulty dog scan, you don't have Lampington's, you're going to live!
Georgia Byrd: I'm not going to die?
Gunther: No!
Georgia Byrd: I'm going to live?
Gunther: Yes!
Georgia Byrd: I'm gonna live! Everybody, I'm gonna live!
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The end credits show us how everybody in the movie's futures turned out. See more »


Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic
by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
Produced by George Fenton
Ann Hampton Callaway performs courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment Corp.
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You'll laugh, you'll cry, but love it.
14 January 2006 | by chris-2122See all my reviews

Nice feel-good movie comedy that had me laughing and crying at different parts. Fantasy but everyone could relate. It rings as true, or could be true in a positive way. Queen L. carries the show as a hardworking everyman who is good at her job but finds out she only has 3 weeks to live. She decides to take her money and spend it all on the ultimate vacation before she dies. Timothy Hutton is a believable jerk who plays his part as the owner of the company just right without overdoing it. Latifah runs into Hutton and his rich friends who don't know who this mystery woman spending all the money is at the luxury resort but Latifah shows that she has more class than all of the rich guests put together. I hope this movie turns into a big word of mouth success at the box office.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Holiday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,806,188, 15 January 2006

Gross USA:

$38,399,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,451,846
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2.35 : 1
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