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The Last Supper

Year: 1995
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Stacy Title
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Courntye B Vance, Annabeth Gish, Bill Paxton, Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Mark Harmon
Cameron Diaz could have squandered her newfound fame on bland studio romantic comedies, but she's never had that bent. Sure she's done overblown Hollyfare but for every Charlie's Angels there's a Being John Malkovich, for every Shrek there's this little-seen gem from her early years.

She plays one of a group of college student friends who regularly hold dinner parties for themselves and politically acceptable associates. When a redneck drifter (Paxton) enters their circle and a fight breaks out over dinner, they defend themselves and accidentally kill him.

After the initial shock, the idea takes hold; invite those the world would be better off without and send them from this mortal coil courtesy of poisoned wine.

Before long, things get out of hand. The most militant of the group, Luke (Vance) kills a cop who comes to investigate the curiously fertile patch of land at their house in her search for the missing people (all of whom are buried underneath). The cracks in their solidarity show when one of their guests is a young girl brainwashed against the concept of sexual pleasure by the church. Luke considers her scourge no different than the bigoted priest (Durning) who was their first victim. Jude (Diaz) considers her misguided but deserving of the chance to grow out of it.

When the wine is poured, a battle of will breaks out between the two, and it's left to their last guest, Norman (Perlman) (who they fatally underestimate) to give them all comeuppance.

A group of underground as well as recognisable stars come together for the neatest little indie charmer in ages.

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