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18/07/2018    

18/07

The Last Drop

The Last Drop is a 2006 British-Romanian war film by Colin Teague that went directly to DVD release. Teague teamed up with Gary Young, with whom he had previously collaborated on the British crime drama films Shooters and Spivs. Andrew Howard and Louis Dempsey, who cowrote Shooters alongside Teague and Young, both appear briefly in the film.

Plot

The film is set against the backdrop of World War II, during Operation Market Garden, the largest full scale airborne invasion in history. Corporal Powell (Newbon), an undercover British Intelligence officer, has been given command of a small unit of men, codenamed Matchbox. Their assignment is to retrieve a hoard of Dutch gold and art treasures, plundered by the Nazis, from a seemingly impregnable booby-trapped underground bunker. Simple enough, but when Matchbox is shot down short of the drop point their plan goes awry and Powell is forced to recruit the assistance of several colorful characters, including a smart-mouthed petty thief (Moran), a drunken bomb disposal expert (Flanagan), and a smooth talking pilot with a keen eye for smooth ladies (Zane).

As Powell and his roving band of misfits fight their way through German counterattack, members of the Dutch resistance (Gaskell and Beed) have managed to pinpoint the location of the stolen loot, where it is about to be moved to Berlin by the vile SS Major Kessler (Fox) and his troops. Risking their lives, they communicate this vital information to British Intelligence in a courageous attempt to liberate the occupied Netherlands. At the same time, renegade German forces race to get their hands on the loot as well. It's a race against the clock, in the midst of a heated battle, ending with an enthralling climax.

The Allies

  • Corporal Rhys Powell, played by Neil Newbon, is an undercover SOE agent who has been tasked by British Intelligence as Matchbox's team lead.
  • Private Alan Ives, played by Nick Moran, is a smart mouthed petty thief and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Private David Wellings, played by Rafe Spall, is a naïve medical orderly and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Private Dennis Baker, played by Tommy Flanagan (actor), is a drunken, somewhat psychotic bomb disposal expert and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Sergeant Bill McMillan, played by Sean Pertwee, is a battle hardened veteran and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Flight Lieutenant Robert Oates, played by Billy Zane, is a smooth talking Canadian pilot with a strong appetite for women, and one of the few surviving members of Matchbox.
  • Benitta and Saskia, played by Lucy Gaskell and Coral Reed, respectively, are members of the Dutch resistance who will stop at nothing to liberate their beloved country.

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