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The Last Run (1971)

A getaway driver comes out of retirement to pull off one last run - one that could send him to an early grave instead.

Directors:

Richard Fleischer, John Huston (uncredited)

Writer:

Alan Sharp (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Harry Garmes
Tony Musante ... Paul Rickard
Trish Van Devere ... Claudie Scherrer
Colleen Dewhurst ... Monique
Aldo Sambrell ... Miguel (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Antonio Tarruella Antonio Tarruella ... Motorcycle Policeman
Robert Coleby ... Hitch Hiker
Pat Zurica ... 1st Man (as Patrick J. Zurica)
Rocky Taylor Rocky Taylor ... 2nd Man
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Storyline

A former getaway driver from Chicago (George C. Scott) has retired to a peaceful life in a Portuguese fishing village. He is asked to pull off one last job, involving driving a dangerous crook and his girl-friend to France. However, the job turns out to be a double-cross and the trio are pursued back to Portugal where they make one last stand on the coast while the enemy assassins attempt to gun them down. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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It was his first job in 9 years. Drive a young killer from Spain to the south of France. No one told him about the extra passenger, the girl or the seven men trying to kill them all. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

24 September 1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Fuga See more »

Filming Locations:

Granada, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George C Scott was keen to cast Dominique Sanda as his female lead, and reputedly had Tina Aumont fired. However Sanda rejected the offer. In 1979 he began working with Sanda on " The Formula " but had her sacked too and replaced by Marthe Keller. See more »

Goofs

When George C. Scott puts on part of the Carburetor at the beginning of the movie he doesn't add the gasket. See more »

Quotes

Monique: Was she pretty, your wife?
Harry Garmes: She had skin like silver and silk, and eyes like gentian.
Monique: What a lovely thing to say.
Harry Garmes: Yes, her boyfriend had a real turn of phrase. She left some of his letters behind when she went away.
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Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971) See more »

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A splendid film for those with a taste for existentialism
9 August 2003 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

Other viewers' comments, both negative and positive, have aptly classified this film's genre. Those with inclination toward existentialist thought (e.g., why are we here and what are the best options before embracing the void?) generally like it. I think the film great and wish it were available on DVD. Others find it vapid. Yet I think the theme similar to that found in Blade Runner or Pierrot le Fou - though different from, say, Kafka's Metamophosis, or The Trial, or from Camus' The Stranger, etc., in that this film's protagonist undergoes emotional development - along with another character who fears her fate and sees no other path to follow.

Our protagonist's past life as an underworld character is significant not in the cops-and-robbers sense, but rather as an earmark of his "loner" personality - like Camus' Stranger. He's a retired individualist - like Blade Runner's Deckard - who after a career on the "outside" is sucked against his will into a melee of action and intrigue. All he'd longed for was to finish out his days in peace - in Portugal - though one can wonder if his automotive hobby (his surrogate child) and petty daily ritual could really have sustained him - yet such is the trap some see themselves born into; perhaps an earlier, unexpected coup de grace isn't to be under-appreciated.


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