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->''"Anyone check you for a heartbeat recently?"''
-->-- '''Frank Griffith'''

A 1994 Neo-Noir film directed by John Dahl, ''The Last Seduction'' starred Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg and Creator/BillPullman. Its perhaps best known for being disqualified from Oscar consideration that year due to it showing on {{Creator/HBO}} just before premiering in theaters.

Bridget Gregory is the manager of a direct marketing call center; she is also married to Clay, a medical student. Clay is so smitten with her that, at her suggestion, he illegally sells pharmaceutical painkillers for a bag of cash. Then Clay makes a big mistake; in the emotional aftermath of his first crime, he slaps Bridget. She coolly steals the cash and skips town. Stopping in a small town for a drink, she meets Mike, a divorced man who immediately falls for her. When Clay sends goons to track down his wife and stolen cash, Bridget decides to use Mike in an elaborate scheme to get her past off her back.
!!This film features examples of:

* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: A deleted scene has Bridget dressing up as a cheerleader for Mike.
* AmoralAttorney: Bridget's lawyer, played by J.T. Walsh.
* AssholeVictim: Clay's abusiveness doesn't exactly make the viewer ''help'' but root for Bridget...a little. Bridget also uses this justification to draw Mike further into her scheme.
* BerserkButton: For Mike, what pushes him over the edge in the final scene is Bridget mocking him for his marriage to Trish; it turns out that she is [[spoiler: actually a he.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Harlan is the first character to die.
* BlackIsBiggerInBed: Bridget invokes this to her husband's (black) private investigator to distract him while she's driving the car they're in. He blows her off at first but is eventually tempted to show her, [[spoiler:taking off his seatbelt to do so. This results in his death when she intentionally crashes the car.]]
* BrooklynRage: Clay comments that his locally-hired detective won't get rough with Bridget; he needs a ''New Yorker'' for that.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: For Bridget at her first job, She likes to command and she is foul-mouthed.
* TheCityVsTheCountry: This trope is invoked here numerous times and in the end played completely straight. In the small town people are indeed more wholesome than in New York. Once it is even said that a detective from New York can be violent for the benefit of his client while a local detective can only follow someone but would never hurt anyone.
* ChekhovsGun: This time it is mace. First it is shown when Bridget directs it at Harlan. [[spoiler:Later she uses it to murder Clay.]]
* CluelessDetective: In contrast to Harlan, Bert, the above-mentioned local detective, is only comic relief.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Bridget, particularly when shes around Mike.
** Clay is the one too. When Mike comes to rob him and pronounced several remarks he memorises in advance Clay snarks as they sound too innatural.
* DeconstructedTrope: As the title implies, the film was intended to be this for the typical FilmNoir FemmeFatale plot, illustrating just how heartless a woman would have to be to seduce a man into murdering a complete stranger, and how dumb the man would have to be to actually fall for it.
* DefectiveDetective: Harlan is [[spoiler: or rather, ''was'']] one of these; apparently, with serious issues regarding certain racial & sexual stereotypes (see above).
* DomesticAbuser: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed.]] Clay slaps Bridget when she taunts him, but feels sorry soon after. Bridget, however, harbors a ''huge'' grudge.
* DontAsk: Mike's reaction whenever his failed marriage (see above) come up; since Mike is constantly pressing Bridget to talk about serious things and get closer emotionally, this tips her off that this is something else she can use against him.
* FanService: Linda Fiorentino does several nude scenes
* FemmeFatale: A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype with Bridget. See above.
* FilmNoir: One of the most famous 90s neo noirs.
* FrameUp: In the final sequence, [[spoiler: Bridget]] pulls one on [[spoiler: Mike.]]
* FriendsWithBenefits: Bridget implies to Mike that they should be this. That's before she thinks about some sinister plans involving Mike.
* KarmaHoudini: By the last scene, life without parole is the absolute best [[spoiler: Mike, busted for murder and rape,]] can hope for, while [[spoiler: Bridget gets off scot-free]] -- and, apparently, independently wealthy to boot.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mike and his friends come across this way.
* TheLastTitle: The title.
* LineOfSightName: PlayedWith. Bridget comes up with her SdrawkcabAlias herself, but Clay figures it out after an accidental glance at a poster of New York in the mirror.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Mike and Bridget have sex in a car and against the wire fence outside a bar. Deleted scenes show them doing it on the floor and in a school gym they broke into.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Bridget will stop at ''nothing'' to escape Clay, and then have her revenge on him, and then get away with it. Even to the point of premeditated murder, in the process ruining the life of someone whose biggest fault is being incredibly naive -- [[spoiler: Mike]].
* MiscarriageOfJustice: The ending implies that [[spoiler: Mike will spend the rest of his life in prison for Bridget's crimes.]]
* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Bridget calls a lawyer to find out how she can get can spend her ill-gotten gains without her husband laying claim to any of it.
* PhoneTraceRace: Performed by Clay and Harlan when Bridget calls.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Wendy Kroy.
* TheSociopath: Bridget could be a textbook case study. She lies, manipulates, and discards others for her own gain; expresses no remorse for any of her actions (including at least two murders); brilliantly fakes a galaxy of emotions, while sincerely feeling nothing except greed and the desire for revenge; and the only time she ever discusses morality she seems to regard it as some alien concept.
* StepfordSmiler: This trope is played pretty straight for Bridget. She is ostensibly too shy to use the words for the private parts... while talking to the police trying to slander/frame up the males to whose private parts she refers.
* StepfordSuburbia: Bridget stays in one of these when she's on the run. She feels there like a fish in the water.
* StupidGood: Mike embodies this to a great extent, especially the bit about not understanding evil in others.
* TheUnfairSex: Completely and utterly averted.
* TapOnTheHead: Played with as Clay is hit twice on his head with a gun but does not lose his conscience.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Happens to [[spoiler: Mike]] ''on his wedding night.''
* TheVamp: Bridget, for sure.
* VillainProtagonist: Bridget is, as noted throughout, a vamp, a femme fatale, and a (relatively) high-functioning sociopath -- but [[MagnificentBastard she's so damned good at it.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Bridget pulls this first at the hospital with the cop and then [[spoiler:in the final scene to put the rap on Mike.]]
%%* XanatosSpeedChess: Bridget is a grandmaster.