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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 ...
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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 ...
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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A dream that became a nightmare. His was a premonition of doom. See more »


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January 1979 (USA)  »

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AUD 810,000 (estimated)
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Katrina Sedgwick, who as a child, played one of the little Burton girls, is now the Director of the Adelaide Film Festival. This was Sedgwick's first feature film. 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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" We step into the world of darkness, through the Dream door "
14 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Across the great divide which we call understanding, there is still much we do not know about that which was explained by the early tribal Elders. In every instance, there is much concerning the dangers of knowing too much. Conversely, there are those who warn us of not preparing for what they warn is the 'End Time.' In this movie called " The Last Wave " an aboriginal native is murdered for no apparent reason. When those responsible are arrested, they remain silent less they disturb the order of things. David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) plays the Defense Attorney assigned to defend the accused. Although haunted by prophetic images from his own childhood and warned by modern signs given to him by an sympathetic Aboriginal named Chris Lee (David Gulpilil), Burton proceeds to defend the infraction as Tribal Law and therefore not subject to standard justice. The movie is fraught with puzzling, dark foreboding images of apocalyptic end world disasters and warns of a future island tsunami and doom. Black drama and deep rituals are what gives this film it's frightening allure and therefore is not for the faint-hearted, in fact the simplest haunting apparitions can last for years in the nightmares of innocent movie goers. Good silent drama. ****


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