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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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A phantom jet must catch and destroy the last car left on earth. See more »


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Release Date:

April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Perseguição  »

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$4,900,000 (estimated)

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Last screenwriting credit for writer Roy Moore before his untimely passing. 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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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Last Chase (1989) See more »

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Those Canadians know how to rock low budget!
7 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Last Race is proof positive that a film does not have to be great to be entertaining. This little gem has so much working against it, from awkward dialogue to lapses in logic to a terrible soundtrack to mediocre acting, and yet it still manages to hold a viewer's attention. I dare say the darned thing is fascinating.

What makes it such a memorable film is the IDEA behind it all. This film, flawed as it is, offers much to chew on mentally. It is dated, yes. This film came out after the great Energy Crisis of the late 70s, and the fears of those times were still fresh on everyone's minds. Despite its dated message, I think The Last Chase still manages to tap into something even today--namely, the ever- increasing power of a national government that remains largely unchecked.

I saw this film (several times) back in the 80s when the fledgling HBO was running the same films incessantly. I liked it then. Watching it on YouTube today, I like it now.

I know, I know. It's terrible. Production values are in the toilet on this one. There are too many uncomfortable pauses in too many scenes. And to all that I say, who cares?! It's still holds my attention. The Last Chase does not fail to entertain. Those Canadians really know how to rock low budget!

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