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January 1979 (USA) See more »
The Occult Forces. The Ritual Murder. The Sinister Storms. The Prophetic Dreams. The Last Wave. See more »
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Chamberlain ... David Burton
Olivia Hamnett ... Annie Burton

David Gulpilil ... Chris Lee (as Gulpilil)
Frederick Parslow ... Rev. Burton
Vivean Gray ... Dr. Whitburn
Nandjiwarra Amagula ... Charlie
Walter Amagula ... Gerry Lee
Roy Bara ... Larry
Cedrick Lalara ... Lindsey
Morris Lalara ... Jacko
Peter Carroll ... Michael Zeadler
Athol Compton ... Billy Corman

Hedley Cullen ... Judge
Michael Duffield ... Andrew Potter
Wallas Eaton ... Morgue Doctor
Jo England ... Babysitter
John Frawley ... Policeman
Jennifer De Greenlaw ... Zeadler's Secretary (as Jennifer de Greenlaw)
Richard Henderson ... Prosecutor
Penny Leach ... Schoolteacher
Merv Lillie ... Publican (as Merv Lilley)
John Meagher ... Morgue Clerk
Guido Rametta ... Guido
Malcolm Robertson ... Don Fishburn
Greg Rowe ... Carl
Katrina Sedgwick ... Sophie Burton
Ingrid Weir ... Grace Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Weir 
Writing credits
Peter Weir (screenplay) &
Tony Morphett (screenplay) &
Petru Popescu (screenplay)

Produced by
Hal McElroy .... producer
Jim McElroy .... producer (as James McElroy)
Original Music by
Charles Wain 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Max Lemon 
Production Design by
Goran Warff 
Art Direction by
Neil Angwin 
Set Decoration by
Bill Malcolm 
Costume Design by
Annie Bleakley 
Makeup Department
Lloyd James .... assistant makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... hair stylist (as Jose Perez)
José Luis Pérez .... makeup artist (as Jose Perez)
Production Management
Ross Matthews .... production manager
Beverly Davidson .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penny Chapman .... third assistant director
Ian Jamieson .... second assistant director
John Robertson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Brewer .... property buyer: South Australia
Greg Brown .... construction manager: New South Wales
John Carroll .... property buyer: New South Wales
Ron Fletcher .... stagehand
Ken Hazelwood .... carpenter
Ken James .... stand-by propsman
Clark Munro .... property buyer: South Australia
Herbert Pinter .... construction manager: South Australia
Philip Worth .... set maker (as Phil Worth)
Sound Department
Greg Bell .... sound editor
Helen Brown .... assistant sound editor
Don Connolly .... sound recordist
David Cooper .... boom operator
Phil Judd .... sound mixer
Phil Heywood .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mont Fieguth .... special effects (as Monty Fieguth)
Bob Hilditch .... special effects
Dennis Smith .... special effects assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Dunstan .... best boy
David Foreman .... clapper loader
George Greenough .... additional photographer
Klaus Jaritz .... additional photographer
Keith Johnson .... electrician
David Kynoch .... still photographer
Merv McLaughlin .... key grip
Mick Morris .... electrician
Paul Moyes .... electrician
John Seale .... camera operator
Ron Taylor .... additional photographer
Tony Tegg .... gaffer
Tony Tegg .... lighting technician
Michael White .... assistant grip
David Williamson .... focus puller
Sam Bienstock .... electrician (uncredited)
George Greenough .... underwater photographer (uncredited)
Ron Taylor .... underwater photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daro Gunzberg .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Peter Fletcher .... assistant editor
Justin Milne .... assistant editor
James Parsons .... color consultant
Location Management
Beverly Davidson .... location manager: South Australia
Other crew
Su Armstrong .... production secretary
Gilda Baracchi .... continuity
Lance Bennett .... advisor: tribal Aboriginal matters
Penny Carl .... production accountant
Fiona Gosse .... secretary to producers (as Fiona Reynolds)
Philip Hearnshaw .... production assistant: New South Wales
Frank Manley .... caterer
Rod McMorran .... production assistant: New South Wales
Mark Patterson .... unit runner: South Australia
Brian Trenchard-Smith .... promotional consultant
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Also Known As:
"Peter Weir's The Last Wave" - Australia (DVD box title), USA (DVD box title)
"Black Rain" - USA
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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA | USA:PG (certificate #25490)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Interview with Director Peter Weir (2001) (V)See more »


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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
part of a wave of really good movies, 12 June 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

"The Last Wave" is one of those movies that relies heavily on the mind. The title refers to the Aboriginal doomsday theory: there will be one last wave that wipes out everything.

David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is a Sydney lawyer hired to defend some Aborigines accused of murder. Around this time, there has been unusually heavy rainfall in Australia. While defending the Aborigines, David learns the last wave theory, and begins to wonder whether it's just mythology.

The movie's last sequence is a metaphor for descending into the depths of one's mind. Peter Weir created a perplexing, but thought-provoking, movie. Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil (whom you may have seen in "Walkabout", "Crocodile Dundee" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence") provides an interesting supporting role as one of the defendants.

If you get a chance, watch the "making of" feature on the DVD. Peter Weir explains some of the film's undertones, some of which relate to Richard Chamberlain's background.

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