DARRYL Ponicsan

AUTHOR / Screenwriter / ARTIST

Darryl Ponicsan is the author of fourteen novels, including his debut, 1970’s “The Last Detail”, which was made as a classic film by Hal Ashby, with Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young.

Ponicsan recently adapted his sequel “Last Flag Flying” into a movie starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrel and Laurence Fishburne.



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Recent Reviews on “Last Flag Flying”


“…enormously thought-provoking…grapples with matters that other movies about war prefer not to think about.”

LA Times

“…joins a solid company of timeless American movies…and a handful of classic Vietnam War epics…”


(5 stars) “…an adult rumination on the subject of patriotism…a major film pitched just above a whisper.”


“…a low-key gem, a sober reflection on grief that connects the Iraq and Vietnam Wars…


“…by the final scene we feel like we’ve lived with these characters through a transformative experience.”

DARRYl’s personal Journal

Harry and Louise Make a Sex Tape

It is never too late to make a bad decision. At 82 and 76 Harry and Louise decided to make a sex tape. Technology had, in fact, advanced beyond tape, and beyond Harry’s comprehension. Harry had argued for a sex tape back in the days of VCR, when Louise’s body and...

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Jackson Pollock: The Final Tally

As it turned out, Jackson became the most famous of all American artists.  His rise was fueled by the good graces of one influential art critic and one rich old woman, who convinced him that what he was doing were paintings.  It followed that he took a...

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“It Is What It Is”: The motto of our time

“It is what it is” is a valid observation in any situation, irrefutably, but as a motto in life, as adopted by the Pennsylvania North Schuylkill High School Class of 2019, it’s an odd choice, except as a class prank. It is what it is, nothing to be done about it....

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