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The Last Wave (1977)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  January 1979 (USA)
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A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself.

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Andrew Potter
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A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court. Determined to break their silence and discover the truth behind the hidden society he suspects lives in his city, the Lawyer is drawn further, and more intimately, into a prophesy that threatens a new Armageddon, wherein all the continent shall drown. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Second of six collaborations between cinematographer Russell Boyd and director Peter Weir. The others are Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and The Way Back (2010). See more »

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When Chamberlin's character leaves his office and drives in the rain the windshield wipers are moving at a fast rate. When the shot changes to inside the car the wipers are suddenly moving at a slower rate. See more »

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David Burton: We've lost our dreams. Then they come back and we don't know what they mean.
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Gives new meaning to the word mystique.
6 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I notice a lot of viewers are trying to 'understand' The Last Wave. Sometimes...understanding is 'the booby prize'. In an age of in-your-face special effects and fast action that negates thinkiing at all, this film is brilliant. Peter Weir is truly a remarkable film maker. He does something so few director's do anymore. He allows us to be involved with the story...to think for ouselves. Same as with Picnic At Hanging Rock, which I have to watch at least once a year, The Last Wave allows ME to think for myself.


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