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The Last Wave (1977)

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

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Olivia Hamnett ...
Annie Burton
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Chris Lee (as Gulpilil)
Frederick Parslow ...
Rev. Burton
Vivean Gray ...
Dr. Whitburn
Nandjiwarra Amagula ...
Walter Amagula ...
Gerry Lee
Roy Bara ...
Larry
Cedrick Lalara ...
Lindsey
Morris Lalara ...
Jacko
Peter Carroll ...
Michael Zeadler
Athol Compton ...
Billy Corman
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Judge
Michael Duffield ...
Andrew Potter
Wallas Eaton ...
Morgue Doctor
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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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AUD 810,000 (estimated)
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The house seen in the film, owned by a lawyer (Richard Chamberlain), was rented, from a doctor. The house was situated in Adelaide's leafy suburb of Mitcham. 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: What did I see?
Chris Lee: A dream.
David Burton: What are dreams?
Chris Lee: Dream like hearing ... seeing ... talking ... the way of knowing things.
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Referenced in Interview with Director Peter Weir (2001) See more »

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Eerie thriller with unique Aussie slant.
17 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Peter Weir's first international success, THE LAST WAVE is an effective chiller with a fascinating back story based on Aboriginal myth. Richard Chamberlain is quite good as a defense lawyer whose life becomes increasingly unmoored from reality as he delves into a murder case involving Aboriginal tribal rivalries. David Gulpilil plays one of the suspects, who does his best to guide Chamberlain thru the realm of 'Dreamtime', an alternate reality/timeline central to native Australian history and tribal custom. Heavy on atmosphere, deliberately ambiguous in plotting, the film builds to an unsettling finale which is somewhat diminished by poor effects, probably due to budgetary limitations. Nevertheless an intriguing film whose overall impression of mystery and dread lurking just below the surface of what we perceive as 'reality' will stay with you.


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