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A man accidentally discovers a plot to cover-up a fatal toxic waste accident, and is brutally murdered. His wife an aspiring singer who unwittingly comes into possession of several tapes for which her engineer husband and his partner in the electronic eavesdropping business were murderd, and discovers that she and her daughter are now being stalked by the killers.

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The Last Song
Music by Ken Jirsch
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Lynda Carter takes on a ruthless corporate conspiracy involving toxic waste
18 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ron Samuels, who was Lynda Carter's husband at the time, helped to produce "The Last Song", starring the multi-talented Ms. Carter. The beauteous Carter was Miss World in 1972 before her subsequent fame playing Wonder Woman. She also has been a singer-songwriter and a hard-working actress in demand.

In "The Last Song" (1980), which is a thriller neo-noir done in the style of that time, she plays a country western singer whose husband is murdered when two thugs who work for a corporate conspiracy led by Don Porter are attempting to recover a tape recording that reveals that the company is planning to explode a truck conveying a deadly chemical (used in the Vietnam War) upon a small town in Texas that they have used to dispose of other chemical wastes. The idea is to cover their tracks with an even worse chemical that renders the whole area uninhabitable.

Carter, not knowing of the tape or where her husband has hidden it, narrowly escapes the attack on her husband and saves her daughter too. Subsequently, Nicholas Pryor, impersonating a priest but working for the company, tortures and almost kills her with a scary device that switches on either oxygen or gas through a respirator. Carter and daughter go into hiding, discover the tape thinking it's a music tape, leading Carter to look more deeply into its content, which affords only a partial glimpse of what the company is planning to do. Carter finds an ally in Ronny Cox, a helicopter pilot, providing a background for extended flying sequences involving several helicopters.

Toxic waste villainy was a popular theme in the 80s and 90s and still appears in movies today. "The Last Song" was ahead of the pack in featuring it. The story opens with a sequence that clearly shows a conspiracy swinging into action when a little boy is murdered to cover up the malfeasance of the company's officials. There is a very good scene in which Carter meets the mother (Jenny O'Hara) of the dead child. Carter's screen persona here is that of a sincere woman, strong through her tears and grief, a loving parent, courageous but not above fear and attacks of nerves, and a faithful Catholic wondering why evil struck her family. The movie takes the time to show the impact of her husband's death on the lives of her and her daughter.

"The Last Song" has a number of harrowing sequences: the death of the boy at the outset, the discovery by the company of Carter's husband and chase after him, the home invasion, Pryor's graphic attack on Carter, and the helicopter chase. This is quite a lot, but the movie cannot shake its TV-movie origin, budget, production schedule and directing. The tone is on the uneven side. Tension sometimes drains away. Sequences that should be very tense are not built up and milked as much as they should be. If this movie were redone in the later neo-noir style, its look would be much darker.Still, the picture is an unmistakable neo-noir that is worth checking out. It's a precursor of the darker and more sombre style that lay ahead.


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