6.3/10
1,194
34 user 50 critic

The Last Movie (1971)

After a film production wraps in Peru, an American wrangler decides to stay behind, witnessing how filmmaking affects the locals.

Director:

Dennis Hopper

Writers:

Dennis Hopper (story), Stewart Stern (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about actor/director Dennis Hopper, showing him at his home and studio putting together his film The Last Movie (1971).

Directors: L.M. Kit Carson, Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Princess Lida Amun, L.M. Kit Carson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary about Dennis Hopper.

Director: Nick Ebeling
Stars: Julie Adams, Damon Albarn, Fred C. Caruso
Wanda (1970)
Certificate: GP Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

Director: Barbara Loden
Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil
L'eau froide (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the girl of a rebelious teenage couple finds out she is being sent away, they both believe escaping the rigid order suffocating them is the only way to be free. But is it?

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabó
The Hot Spot (1990)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Don Murray, Diane Varsi, Chill Wills
In My Room (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bored man suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared though he isn't sure what happened.

Director: Ulrich Köhler
Stars: Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Adams ... Mrs. Anderson
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Thomas Mercado
Richmond L. Aguilar Richmond L. Aguilar ... Gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
John Alderman ... Jonathan
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Mayor's Son
Donna Baccala Donna Baccala ... Miss Anderson
Charles Bail Charles Bail
Tom Baker Tom Baker ... Member of Billy's Gang
Toni Basil ... Rose
Poupée Bocar ... Nightclub Singer
Anna Lynn Brown Anna Lynn Brown ... Dance Hall Girl
Rod Cameron ... Pat Garrett
Bernard Casselman Bernard Casselman ... Doctor
Earl Clark Earl Clark
Manuel Concha Manuel Concha
Edit

Storyline

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are interrupted when the local priest asks him to help stop the villagers killing each other by re-enacting scenes from the film for real because they don't understand movie fakery... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There is a time to die and a time not to

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinchero See more »

Filming Locations:

Peru See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta-Light See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis Hopper came back from shooting in Peru with more than 40 hours worth of footage. His final cut, after more than a year of editing, was incomprehensible to many people at the studio, because of its experimental nature. The long post-production and editing process is documented in The American Dreamer (1971). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Anderson: You know, I had fantasies like that, about being beat up. Did you ever have a fantasy about women beating you up? Or don't cowboys have fantasies?
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is nearly a full fifteen minute gap in between the first title card, "A FILM BY DENNIS HOPPER" and the other title card, "THE LAST MOVIE". See more »

Connections

Referenced in La última película (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and Bobby McGee
Written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster
Performed by Kris Kristofferson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They Don't (Dare) Make 'em Like This Any More
12 January 2005 | by KrustallosSee all my reviews

It's difficult to see why people have such a hard time with this movie. Anyone who is interested in European art cinema of the '60's or even the novel since Joyce should have no trouble reading the film on at least some levels. Hopper's method here is to try and get inside the head, to put thought and memory on the screen, not just pictures.

Part of the problem may be the sheer complexity. There are probably enough ideas crammed in here for a dozen movies, and Hopper throws them all at us, often simultaneously. There's a story about American imperialism, there's a story about the artifice of film-making, there's a story about the way audiences view cinema, there's a Christ allegory wrapped up with a general sacrificial victim theme, a story about men and women, sex, money and power, there's Hopper's own story, the story of cinema itself, there's a satire of Hollywood conventions in general and the Western in particular, very notably there's a story about the Peruvian landscape, ravishingly shot by Laszlo Kovacs. There's even the story of Hopper's gofer lost in a society he doesn't understand if you want a simple narrative to hang on to. The film combines all these facets into a structure which can only be described as crystalline.

Devotees of "folding" should find plenty to occupy them here - there's the film about Hopper's character "Kansas", the film Sam Fuller is making, the villagers' "film", "The Last Movie" itself, an on-set home movie and probably several others besides.

Hopper gaily references (and steals from) everyone from Fellini and Godard to John Huston and Nicholas Ray, and of course goes bonkers in Peru well before Werner Herzog got around to it (and appropriates tribal culture in a strikingly similar way).

Definitely not a film to be missed by anyone interested in fractured narratives, postmodernism in film or the beautiful image. Vastly underrated and well worth its Venice prize, this is to "Easy Rider" what "Pulp Fiction" is to "Reservoir Dogs". Hopper as a director has never been better.


39 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed