- Rated: NC-17
- Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 7, 2009
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Subtitles - English, French - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I have a prostate like an Idaho potato." -- "Get the butter."
- Paul (Marlon Brando) to Jeanne (Maria Schneider)
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/11/1995
"...The look, feel and sound of the film are evocative..."
Rolling Stone - 02/19/2004
"[Brando gives] one of his most ferocious and feeling performances."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/16/2004
"Brando communicates a great sense of erotic abandon..."
Premiere - 10/01/2004
"Brando is astonishing."
A.V. Club - 03/09/2011
"Given Vittorio Storaro's lush photography and Gato Barbieri's rich jazz score, there was no mistaking it for anything but art..."
Total Film - 06/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere Brando's unpredictability is electrifying as the anguished, self-loathing Paul alternates between charm, petulance and bitter wit."
Marlon Brando plays Paul, an American expatriate whose wife has recently committed suicide. Maria Schneider is Jeanne, a young Frenchwoman engaged to be married to an earnest young filmmaker. When they meet by chance in an empty Paris apartment, Paul and Jeanne embark on an intense sexual relationship that obliterates the outside world each is hiding from. Bertolucci and Brando created controversy with their poignant vision of desire inflamed by grief.
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical release: October 14, 1972
- The original MPAA rating (in 1973) was X; the film was resubmitted for an R rating in 1981 and rerated again as an X in 1982.
- The film was named to the Japanese Kinema Jumpo list of 1973's Ten Best Films.
- Bernardo Bertolucci received Italy's Silver Ribbon as the Best Director of 1972-1973.
- Marlon Brando was named Best Actor of 1973 by the New York Film Critics and by the National Society of Film Critics.
- Maria Schneider received Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Actress of 1972-1973 for her work in LAST TANGO and DEAR PARENTS.
- The paintings used in the opening credit sequence are by 20th-century British master Francis Bacon.
- Screened at the 1972 New York Film Festival.
- "I have a prostate like an Idaho potato."--Paul (Marlon Brando) to Jeanne (Maria Schneider)
- "Get the butter."--Paul (Marlon Brando) to Jeanne (Maria Schneider)