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The Last Ride -- A story centered on the final days of Hank Williams and the innocent young man hired to get him to an important concert.

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Director:
Writers:
Howard Klausner (written by) and
Dub Cornett (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 2012 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A story of Hank Williams, music's original bad boy.
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jesse James ... Silas

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Ray

Ray McKinnon ... Stan

Henry Thomas ... Mr. Wells
Natalie Canerday ... Nurse
Danny Thomason ... Dr. Stoneacre
Lawrence Hamilton ... Street Musician

Graham Gordy ... Attendant
Bill Butler ... Bellman

Fred Dalton Thompson ... O'Keefe
Mark W. Johnson ... Trooper

James Hampton ... Judge Matheny
Jeff Bailey ... Maynard
Dash Goff ... Store Keeper
Clint Albright ... Old Man
Matt Lindahl ... Store Singer (as Matthew Lindahl)

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting ... Wanda (as Kaley Cuoco)

Rick Dial ... Dirty John

Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Good Looking Woman

Will Koberg ... Leroy

Gary Newton ... Usher
Ricky King ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
John Darnall ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
Doug Dole ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
Nathan Young ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
Ron Scott ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
Vinnie Girard ... Dirty John's Honky Tonk Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Brewer ... Extra
Drew Fedak ... Fiddle player

Glynn Nooner ... Cook
Jason Sligh ... Banjo player
Kristen Packard ... Telephone operator (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harry Thomason 
 
Writing credits
Howard Klausner (written by) (as Howie Klausner) and
Dub Cornett (written by)

Produced by
James Castle .... co-producer
Charlie Dicus .... co-producer
Benjy Gaither .... executive producer (as Benjamin Gaither)
Benjy Gaither .... producer
Doug Hall .... associate producer
Douglas Jackson .... producer (as Douglas G. Jackson)
Dwight Jackson .... co-producer
Tim Jackson .... executive producer
Chad O'Connor .... co-producer
Kristen Packard .... assistant producer
Rodney Stone .... co-executive producer
Harry Thomason .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Benjy Gaither 
 
Cinematography by
James W. Roberson (director of photography) (as Jim Roberson)
 
Film Editing by
Leo Papin 
 
Casting by
Fran Bascom 
 
Production Design by
Dwight Jackson 
 
Set Decoration by
Mel Cooper 
Traci Kirshbaum 
 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Natalee Ferguson .... key makeup artist
Mondi Madden .... key hair stylist
Kristy Pruitt .... key hair stylist (as Kristi Pruitt)
Marty Pruitt .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eva Fleischauer .... assistant production supervisor
Tammy Glass .... production supervisor
Douglas Jackson .... unit production manager (as Douglas G. Jackson)
Chad O'Connor .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Melamed .... second assistant director
Linda Rockstroh .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Bergman .... lead man (as Joseph Bergman)
Alberto Bianchini .... swing gang
Mike Boswell .... swing gang
Neil Bown .... swing gang
Jeremy Brasher .... swing gang
Kayla Bridges .... swing gang
Stephen Clark .... swing gang
James Scott Cook .... carpenter
James Scott Cook .... prop maker/construction
Mitchell Crisp .... property master
Fabian Cruz .... swing gang
Jeff Hankins .... swing gang
Nick P. Higgins .... swing gang (as Nick Higgins)
Robert Jones .... swing gang
Derek Kass .... swing gang
Lauchland Lake III .... swing gang
Leighann LeMaster .... assistant property master
Mark Lewis .... swing gang
Matthew Martin .... carpenter
Matthew Martin .... prop maker/construction
Jason Moore .... swing gang
Christian Nwanisobi .... swing gang
Katie Parker .... swing gang
Micah Reynolds .... swing gang
Donna Z. Rife .... design consultant (as Donna Rife)
Elizabeth R. Rosenbaum .... swing gang (as Elizabeth Rosenbaum)
Monti Santilli Rainbolt .... lead man (as Monti Rainbolt)
Joseph Santoro .... gang boss
Miranda Sink .... swing gang
James Smith .... assistant property master
Kevin Stanberry .... swing gang
Mitch Thomason .... swing gang
Ann Urich .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Dwight Chalmers .... boom operator
James Groves .... boom operator
Dick Hansen .... sound mixer
Henry Beale Smith .... utility sound (as Henry Smith)
 
Visual Effects by
James Castle .... special effects supervisor: Castlee Digital Design
Robert Dixon .... visual effects compositor: Castlee Digital Design
Tim Keeler .... visual effects technician: Castlee Digital Design
 
Stunts
Vance W. Boyd .... stunt performer (as Vance Boyd)
John Cann .... stunt coordinator
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt performer
Jamison Glass .... stunt driver (as Jamey Glass)
John Cann .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Henry Thomas (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Armen Allen .... digital imaging technician
Brent Bailey .... p2
Samantha Black .... electrician
Jamie Caudillo .... gaffer
Jim Cozad .... best boy electric
Melody Gaither .... still photographer
Gary Harvill .... grip
Maurice Langford .... best boy grip
Jonathan Mauldin .... grip
Nathan Mauldin .... electrician (as Steve Mauldin)
Jonathan Meyer .... first assistant camera
John Rogers .... best boy electric
Jon Ruffiner .... first assistant camera
Amy Sandefur .... camera operator
Bob Sandefur .... camera operator
Jason Shivers .... best boy grip
Josh Simmons .... grip
Seth Tatum .... second assistant camera
Steve Taylor .... electrician
Gregory Thomas Wagnon .... first assistant camera (as Greg Wagnon)
Ron Woodward Jr. .... key grip (as Ronald Toddd Woodward Jr.)
Victor Zorba .... camera operator (as Zorba)
Clay Burbank .... grip (uncredited)
Victor Zorba .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tamara Lambert .... extra casting assistant: Ms. Tackett
Yancey Prosser .... casting: Arkansas
Sarah Tackett .... casting: Arkansas
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Justin Bauer .... set costumer
Nancy Ceo .... costume supervisor (as Nancea Ceo)
Kathern Kinsey .... costume consultant
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Lulu Thyne .... costumer (as Laurie Thyne)
 
Editorial Department
Chad Evans .... digital engineer
Ben Yonker .... assistant digital engineer
Richard Garibaldi .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Keith Adkinson .... music mixer
Toy Agee .... musician: trombone
Steve Brewster .... musician: drums
Mark Burchfield .... musician: bass
Jimmy Caps .... musician: guitar
Mark Casstevens .... musician: guitar
Chad Evans .... music 5.1 audio mix
Chad Evans .... music engineer
Chad Evans .... music mixer
Benjy Gaither .... music mixer
Benjy Gaither .... musician: keys, guitar
Benjy Gaither .... soundtrack producer
John Gardner .... musician: drums
Randy Gardner .... music engineer
Hoot Hester .... musician: fiddle
Russ Hicks .... musician: steel guitar
Mike Johnson .... musician: steel guitar
Joel Key .... musician: guitar
Blair Masters .... musician: strings
Charlie McCoy .... music mixer
Charlie McCoy .... musician: harmonica, leader/harp
Larry Paxton .... musician: bass
Tony Ramey .... musician: guitar
Jeff Silvey .... music mixer
Jeff Silvey .... music supervisor
Jeff Silvey .... musician: keys
Jeff Silvey .... soundtrack producer
Gary Smith .... musician: keys
Wanda Vick .... musician: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo
Vip Vipperman .... musician: guitar
Tommy Wells .... musician: drums
Jett Williams .... music mixer
Kevin Williams .... musician: guitar
Jonathan Yudkin .... musician: strings (as Johnathan Yudkin)
 
Transportation Department
Andy Boyd .... driver
Jamey Glass .... team caddy
Pam Hollowell .... driver
Jerry Jackson .... driver
Clark Johnson .... team caddy
Jacob LeMaster .... period car acquisitions
Mike Murphy .... driver
Debbie Patrick .... driver
Chris Raney .... driver
Terry Rollans .... team caddy
Rodney Stone .... team caddy
Dave Tucker .... driver (as David Tucker)
Rex Walls .... consultant: cadillac
Dorsey Williamson .... team caddy
Dan O. Wiseman .... transportation captain (as Dan Wiseman)
Deborah Yarberry .... driver
Antonio Fletcher .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen Benning .... stand-in
Jason Bryant .... set medic
Clayton Burbank .... production assistant
Daniel Campbell .... production assistant
Cambron Clark .... production assistant
Allen Crowe .... assistant to executive producers
Ashly Eaton .... production assistant
Franne Einberg .... production accountant
David Fowlkes .... production consultant: Arkansas
Parker Glass .... production assistant
Russell Hardy .... craft service
Brian Harp .... stand-in
Tammy M. Holbert .... production assistant (as Tammy Holbert)
Dianna Ladmirault .... craft service (as Diana Ladmirault)
Sandy Landers .... marketing services
'Trey' Leonard Lang III .... location manager
Erin Lorenzen .... script supervisor
Doug Lyons .... production assistant
Kristin Mann .... production assistant
Terry McAuliffe .... marketing services
Holt McConnell .... location manager
Doug Muncy .... weather consultant
Turtle Muncy .... weather consultant
Diane Pacheco .... assistant production accountant
C.J. Patterson .... production assistant (as CJ Patterson)
Payton Peck .... stand-in: Ms. Linney
Lynnsee Provence .... stand-in (as Lynsee Provence)
Dustin Ridling .... production assistant
Ethan Robinson .... production assistant
Tammy Stone .... script supervisor (as Tammie Stone)
Zack Turner .... production assistant
Robert Warford .... set medic
 
Thanks
Charles Carr .... special thanks (as Mr. Charles Carr)
Hank Williams .... dedicatee
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some language, a fight and smoking
Runtime:
USA:102 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Silas is front of the judge in Tennessee, the judge is seen writing on a piece of paper in several consecutive shots. In nearly every shot, the pen he has in his hand changes.See more »
Soundtrack:
Back In The Saddle AgainSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Take a trip with Hank Williams in The Last Ride, 12 June 2013
Author: rgblakey from United States

When done right some of the best films out there are those dealing with real life people, especially those that have become icons in the entertainment industry. For some reason some get the big budget treatment and others seem to be left to the straight to video or limited run route. The latest is The Last Ride focusing on Hank Williams senior, but takes an interesting direction with the tale, but does it deliver?

The Last Ride follows 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 Year's shows in West Virginia and Ohio. This is one of those films that is a bit hit and miss depending on how you look at it. On one side it is pretty intriguing the direction and time period that they chose to go with to tell this story of Hank Williams. While entertaining it is almost a bit of a letdown as this isn't really a Hank Williams story at all, but still is. This film plays more of a character study that relies mostly on the performances and the direction in hopes to tell this story in a way that is different than most of its kind. Through most of the film the lead character has no idea who he is driving around, which in turn makes it engaging waiting for that big reveal moment when he knows, but sadly that point never comes. There is no doubt he realizes, but it isn't played up as much as you might think and will probably be anticipating. On the flip side the performances are all pretty well executed keeping what could have been a slow boring film engaging and worth the time spent. There are some strange choices regarding green screen at times for some driving moments, but also seems to give it an old film feeling that kind of works with the time period.

This isn't a perfect film by any means, but is interesting on a few levels. The choice of what time they chose to make the focal point and lack of ever using any of him performing in the movie or even the soundtrack makes it a big risk but does manage to payoff. The overall film plays out more like a well-made TV movie, but these days is not necessarily a bad thing. Filled with a great cast and easily one of Henry Thomas' best performances in some time The Last Ride manages to keep your attention and take you on a trip worth riding along for, especially for those that are fans of Williams. Just know going into this film it is not the story of Williams struggle in the music industry, but his struggles in life when it was probably time to hang up his hat.

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