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The Last Mile (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 27 June 1959 (Japan)
A prison break is attempted the same night an execution occurs on death row.


Howard W. Koch


Milton Subotsky (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... 'Killer' Mears
Frank Overton ... Father O'Connors
Michael Constantine ... Ed Werner
John Vari John Vari ... Jimmy Martin
Clifford David ... Richard Walters
Harry Millard Harry Millard ... Fred Mayor
John McCurry John McCurry ... Vince Jackson
Ford Rainey ... Red Kirby
Johnny Seven ... Tom D'Amoro (as John Seven)
George Marcy George Marcy ... Pete Rodriguez
Don 'Red' Barry ... Drake (as Donald Barry)
Leon Janney ... Callahan
Clifton James ... Harris
Milton Selzer ... Peddie
Frank Conroy ... O'Flaherty


A prison break is attempted the same night an execution occurs on death row.

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Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 June 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Caminhada See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Film debut of Michael Constantine. See more »


Narrator: Sometimes you have to put your faith in what you can't see. In what you wish.
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Bleak but Powerful Prison Movie
2 June 2006 | by grubstaker58See all my reviews

Having not seen this film in about 20 years I am still impressed with it 's hard -hitting impact and stellar acting. Of course, one Mr. Mickey Rooney is indeed, INCREDIBLE in his role as the ring-leading "Killer".(In reference to another review here-none other than Orson Welles evoked Mickey Rooney's name as the greatest movie actor,also.) I also recall the jazzy-brassy score and the bare black and white photography. I love the Mick's last line before he goes out for his dose of lead poisoning.(I think the Stranglers lifted it for a line in one of their songs-Get a Grip on Yourself.)This is a great film and unjustly buried film. Let's get it out ! Side note-a recent Film Review magazine gave a big write up on Don Segal's "Babyface Nelson" ,made a couple years before "Last Mile" and also starring Mickey Rooney. Another rave of the Mick's intense and sympathetic performance.Perhaps it's the start of a groundswell of a appreciation for some truly superior cinematic performances.

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