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The Last Chase (1981)

In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklyn Hart
Captain J.G. Williams
Diane D'Aquila ...
Ben Gordon ...
Hugh Webster ...
Deborah Burgess ...
Miss Rawlston
Trudy Young ...
Mrs. Hart
Moses Znaimer ...
Soldier at Roadblock
Warren Van Evera ...
New York Cop (as Warren Van Evra)


In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian central government has ordered all personal vehicles be impounded by law. One man, a former race car driver, yearns again for his ability to choose his own roads and destiny. He reassembles his race car hidden from confiscation, and sets out for "Free California" which has broken away from the new regime, aided by a young technically savvy teen who feels alienated from this "social" society. Agents of the new government must stop this man at any cost to destroy the symbology he represents, and the instability that such a desire for personal autonomy could mean to the society. An old Korean War veteran and his F-86 Sabre jet are called into service to chase down this dangerous man, and end his flouting of the will of the state. In the words of one of the government agents, "People going where they want to,... Written by AGC

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April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Perseguição  »

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$4,900,000 (estimated)

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Chris Makepeace who played Ring and Harvey Atkin who play Lee Major's supervisor Jud had worked together two years earlier on the film "Meatballs" (1979). With Makepeace playing Rudy the camper helped by Bill Murray and Atkin playing Camp Director Morty "Mickey" Melnick. See more »


While Capt. J.G. Williams flies his kite on the rooftop traffic noise is heard quite clearly in a world with no cars. See more »


Hawkins: What do you see there, Captain?
Captain J.G. Williams: I see a car and two people. Wow! Look at that... son of a bitch!
Hawkins: Much more than a car and two men.
Captain J.G. Williams: Well, that's all I can see.
Hawkins: This man's dangerous. This little joyride he's on is undermining the entire balance of this country.
Captain J.G. Williams: Sir, this is just one car... I mean, a little exhaust isn't going to upset the whole balance of the universe.
Hawkins: You are missing the metaphor.
Captain J.G. Williams: There's a meta-who?
Hawkins: I am talking about our entire way of life, Captain. We live in a society that ...
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Six-Million Dollar Man goes cross country hunted by the guy who broke his glasses in the Twilight Zone
6 February 2000 | by (The Highway) – See all my reviews

Not as weird as it sounds but twice as unbelievable. Though this isn't a great movie it's a nice time killer for nostalgists. Lee Majors gets sick of the government who wishes to restrain everyone's need for speed. So he and a teen skip town and go cross country as a team that's like the Dukes of Hazard meets Batman and Robin (not the lame film, just the hero team). Things get nutty when Burgess Meredith is called in to take them down but he decides he won't and just pretend to. It's fun but all in all a cheese flick. Last words of the film: "this could set us back to the 1980's." That's is kinda scary when you think about it but John Hughes films would improve.

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