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Dwindling clientele and those damn anti-smoking laws have finally forced veteran bar-owner Murray to close his remote mountain-town watering hole. But when a freak blizzard blows through, his hopes for a quiet closing are dashed when a disparate collection of dysfunctional misfits get stranded together in Murray’s crazy little pub. Between drinks and karaoke, bonds are formed, broken, and blown sky-high. A new life comes into the world, and an old one leaves. And when the plows finally arrive in the morning, no one goes home the same.

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"This movie checks off so many emotions. Light humor, love, self-awareness, defeat and success. “Last Call at Murray’s” encompasses small town America and the lives of those who are in it daily and those who are just passing through."
                                                                                                               
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""Last Call at Murray's" is filled with refreshing points of view. This can only be accredited to the crafty writing of Brian Beatty and Betsy Morris; the very  insightful-humorous direction of Linda Palmer; and the handsome/beautiful talented cast lead by Michael Gross, John Savage, and Paula Jai Parker. The
cinematography, music, editing, and set design all perfectly feed the subject. "Last Call at Murray's"  draws you in and holds you tight, from the title song on the Jukebox along with the eight ball sitting off center on the pool table, to the Jackalope's twinkling eye and wry smile during the final credits."
                                                                                
  CLENT BOWERS, EXAMINER.COM

"Last Call at Murray's is a gentle, heartfelt comedy of a film that, despite the rather large ensemble cast, feels perfectly complete by the time the closing credits roll by.  Michael Gross isn't alone in serving up a top notch performance amongst this stellar ensemble cast. John Savage (The Godfather: Part III, The Deer Hunter) is genuine and funny, while also the always wonderful Paula Jai Parker hits a home run as Danice."
                                                                      RICHARD PROPES, THE INDEPENDANT CRITIC

“This movie checks off so many emotions. Light humor, love, self-awareness, defeat and success. “Last Call at Murray’s” encompasses small town America and the lives of those who are in it daily and those who are just passing. The misfit characters that seek refuge during the storm are relatable journeying through the mid-life crisis with the perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.”
                                                                              RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES, LA PATCH

""The major appeal of "Last Call at Murray's" is in the multi-dimensional, simple yet complicated, juxtapositions of stereotypes.  You can not assume anything here.  Not only are the characters diverse, each character's journey thoroughly explores the emotional territory of their current social therapy and mid-life subjects.   There is plenty of adult humor, sexual innuendo, karaoke, and moral resolve to go around.  We fall in love with these characters and the actors who play them.  The mixture of comedy and tragedy along with the many metaphors buried within will at times make your jaw drop unexpectedly; brilliant!"
                                                                                   CLENT BOWERS, EXAMINER.COM

"I spent the early years of my life living in a bar (bedrooms in the back) owned by my colorful Irish-American grandmother. Much of the time, a caring bartender served as my babysitter. One of my first happy memories involves trying to tap dance on the ballroom floor and smiling as the friendly customers tossed pennies at me. No wonder I have a soft spot for Last Call at Murray’s, a film where all the action takes place in a karaoke bar during its closing night."
                                                             BETTY JO TUCKER, REELTALKMOVIEREVIEWS.COM

"Assuming she's not, in fact, agoraphobic, Palmer has a terrific gift for framing tight shots and blocking multiple characters in a tight space."
                                                                  RICHARD PROPES, THE INDEPENDANT CRITIC

“LAST CALL AT MURRAY’S is a clever comedy with a lot of heart, anchored by a wonderful ensemble cast.  It reminds audiences that while change can be bittersweet, when life closes one door another opens up."
                                     MIGUEL JOHNSON, ACQ COORDINATOR, FREESTYLE DIGITAL MEDIA

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