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C.R. O'Christopher (story)
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Release Date:
April 1981 (USA) See more »
The oil finally ran out... and somewhere in the future, the chase has begun. See more »
In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Majors ... Franklyn Hart

Burgess Meredith ... Captain J.G. Williams

Chris Makepeace ... Ring
Alexandra Stewart ... Eudora
Diane D'Aquila ... Santana

George Touliatos ... Hawkins

Harvey Atkin ... Jud
Ben Gordon ... Morely
Hugh Webster ... Fetch
Deborah Burgess ... Miss Rawlston
Trudy Young ... Mrs. Hart
Moses Znaimer ... Reporter

Doug Lennox ... Captain

Paul Amato ... Soldier at Roadblock
Warren Van Evera ... New York Cop (as Warren Van Evra)
Sammy Snyders ... Eudora's Son
David Stelmack ... Soldier at Tent
Glenna Jones ... Woman at Tent
Robert Christie ... Doctor
Wally Bondarenko ... Policeman #1 - School
Chris Cunningham ... Policeman #2 - School
Walker Boone ... Policeman #1 - Frank's House
John Kennedy ... Policeman in Tunnel
Ed Jacobs ... Indian
Bill Laliotis ... Ringleader

Directed by
Martyn Burke 
Writing credits
C.R. O'Christopher (story)

C.R. O'Christopher (screenplay) and
Roy Moore (screenplay) &
Martyn Burke (screenplay)

Produced by
Martyn Burke .... producer
William Duffy .... associate producer
Fran Rosati .... producer
Gene Slott .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gil Melle  (as Gil Mellé)
Cinematography by
Paul Van der Linden 
Film Editing by
Steve Weslak 
Casting by
Victoria Mitchell 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith 
Art Direction by
Roy Forge Smith 
Set Decoration by
Jacques M. Bradette 
Jo-Ann Chorney 
Vi Jull 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist
James D. Brown .... hair stylist
Jim Kail .... hair stylist: Mr. Majors
Jim Kail .... makeup artist: Mr. Majors
Production Management
John Bell .... unit manager
Joyce Kozy King .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Coatsworth .... second assistant director
Chris Danton .... second assistant director
Don Granberry .... first assistant director
Marlene Puritt .... third assistant director
Art Department
Kirk Cheney .... carpenter
Mary Jane Grant .... assistant art director
Anthony Greco .... property master
Bill Harman .... set construction manager
Ed Kotanen .... assistant art director
Suzanna Smith .... assistant art director
Merike Weiler .... assistant art director
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recordist
Martin Ashbee .... sound editor
Steven Cole .... sound editor (as Steve Cole)
Bryan Day .... sound recordist (as Brian Day)
Dennis Drummond .... sound editor
David Evans .... sound editor
Ann Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
Tom Mather .... boom operator
Don White .... sound re-recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Paul Davidson .... special video and electronic effects
Michael Lennick .... special video and electronic effects
James F. Liles .... special photographic effects
David Stringer .... special video and electronic effects
Lin Timbers .... graphic animation
Matthew Yuricich .... matte paintings
Tommy King .... stunt double
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Czerski .... assistant camera
John Giannini .... still photographer
Clay Lacy .... aerial photographer (as Clay Lacey)
Stan McClain .... assistant camera: aerial unit
Michael O'Connor .... best boy grip
Michael Ohrling .... camera operator: second unit
Christopher Raucamp .... camera loader
Frank Singers .... gaffer
Michael Szucs .... assistant camera
Randy Whiteland .... best boy
Lee Wright .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Filman .... assistant wardrobe
Gina Kiellerman .... assistant wardrobe
Mary Jane McCarty .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Joan Giammarco .... assistant editor
Roberta Kipp .... assistant editor
Nick Rotundo .... assistant editor
Location Management
Julia Pascal .... location manager: Arizona
Elaine Yarish .... location manager: Toronto
Transportation Department
Bill Brack .... porsche driver
Dennis Chapman .... driver
Simon Clery .... driver: cast
Clark Johnson .... driver
Michael Mueller .... transportation captain
Other crew
Simon Clery .... production assistant
Ann Fitzgerald .... production accountant
Sarah Grahame .... continuity
Angela Gruenthal .... production secretary
Robert Laidlaw .... pilot of f-86
Vasek Polak .... racing advisor
Sam Sprouse .... f-86 crew chief

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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 has the greatest tranquillity ever created by man. Furthermore, this society is more protected than any other in history. And do you know why?
Captain J.G. Williams:Well, I figured...
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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Somewhat entertaining despite itself, 12 April 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

With a silliness index comparable to that of Death Race 2000, and none of the political insight, The Last Chase starts off with two strikes against it. Nevertheless, this film scored a base-hit with me and earned the "somewhat watchable" rating of 5.

If you have ever wanted to see Lee Majors siphoning regular gas from tanks abandoned 40 years ago and using it in a Formula I Car while chased by Burgess Meredith in a Sabre Jet, this is the film for you. I'm afraid that if you have never had this particular fantasy, you might want to avoid this film. Majors plays a professional race car driver forced to give up his career and dismantle his car by a US government which has outlawed petroleum use. Now let's just play along here and lets ignore the fact that the petroleum and defense industries have been the most valuable players in the election of most of the US's recent right-wing executives, and a few of the lefties too - so let's ignore this impossibility of the basic premise - and let's not even ask how these people are generating electricity, etc. I didn't notice any nukes.... Anyway. Steve Austin...ummm sorry.... Lee Majors' character decides to leave for, of all places, California, where people have not realized that petroleum use is a desire, not a right, and are carrying on the same sort of destructive culture the rest of the USA has apparently disavowed. Believability is, of course not an issue here, as the viewer is never challenged to accept any of this absurdity.

Instead, you just let it go along from ridiculous scene to ridiculous scene. And if you start to wonder how Mr. Majors kept such a straight face throughout this film, just think back on his run in The Six Million Dollar Man. And when you get bored with the Roger Corman-like 2 minute pans across screen following the ancient Burgess Meredith and his Sabre Jet, just imagine him cackling like the Penguin, or focus on the other bizarre animal noises he keeps uttering in his aerially induced euphoria.

This film is remarkably good for what it is. The script is not bad, the directing and editing are fine, the acting is decent, and the soundtrack is even acceptable. It does get boring at times, but, given the utterly ludicrous plot, it's not nearly as bad as it should have been.

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