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The Last Ride (2012)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  22 June 2012 (USA)
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At the end of 1952, with the best years of Hank Williams's career behind him, he hires a local kid to drive him through the Appalachian countryside for a pair of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio.

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Nurse
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At the end of 1952, with the best years of Hank Williams's career behind him, he hires a local kid to drive him through the Appalachian countryside for a pair of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio.

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A story of Hank Williams, music's original bad boy.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some language, a fight and smoking
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Charles Carr, the Auburn freshman who actually was driving when Williams died, himself passed away in July 2013 at the age of 79 in Montgomery, AL. Carr was hired on Dec. 30, 1952, to drive Williams in his 1952 powder blue Cadillac from Montgomery to shows in Charleston, WV, and Canton, OH. There was snow most of the way. On New Year's Eve day in the afternoon, Williams received word that a flight he had planned to take him to the job in Charleston was canceled due to snow. They checked into a Knoxville hotel, where hotel porters later had to carry Williams, under the influence of two shots of morphine, to the backseat of the car when it was decided to drive to Canton. The next morning, in Oak Hill, WV, Carr found Williams dead, lying in the same position where the porters had placed him. Carr remained in Montgomery, working in investment and real estate until he retired. See more »

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When the bartender is giving the free coffee to Hank's driver, there is a neon advertising sign that says "Leinies". Leinie's aka Leinenkugel's was a local beer & was not available outside of the state of Wisconsin at that time period. See more »

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On Down The Road
Written by Gloria Gaither and Benjy Gaither
Performed by Val Storey
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A movie with a heart that is neither cold nor cheating.
7 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Last Ride" portrays the last days of legendary country western artist Hank Williams who died on New Year's Day in 1952 while traveling to a concert in Canton, Ohio. There is none of the smarmy sentimentality of the 1964 biopic You're Cheatin' Heart starring George Hamilton. Henry Thomas' Williams never sings a line or strums a chord. Instead, we see him staring waxy- eyed from the back seat of his Cadillac as he slowly succumbs to both substance and alcohol abuse and the residual affects of childhood Spinal Bifida. Occasionally he directs a pointed barb toward his newly hired driver who is frantically trying to get his celebrated passenger (the driver never seems to be aware of who his passenger actually is) to the appointed destination. It is this serendipitous pairing and resulting relationship of these two men, one celebrity and the other a ne'er do well, that is the heart, indeed the only real focus, of the film. By fits and turns, what starts as a cold, cold heart towards most of the rest of the world warms to one of a genuine love and respect between two people who can, in the end, truly call each other friends. As far as I know, this film has only shown in Arkansas and Louisiana to date. It deserves a much wider release and more critical review. It is one of the best movies of 2011.


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