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The Last Wave (1977)

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Burton
Olivia Hamnett ... Annie Burton
... Chris Lee (as Gulpilil)
Frederick Parslow ... Rev. Burton
Vivean Gray ... Dr. Whitburn
Nandjiwarra Amagula ... Charlie
Walter Amagula ... Gerry Lee
Roy Bara ... Larry
Cedrick Lalara ... Lindsey
Morris Lalara ... Jacko
Peter Carroll ... Michael Zeadler
Athol Compton ... Billy Corman
... Judge
Michael Duffield ... Andrew Potter
Wallas Eaton ... Morgue Doctor
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A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court. Determined to break their silence and discover the truth behind the hidden society he suspects lives in his city, the Lawyer is drawn further, and more intimately, into a prophesy that threatens a new Armageddon, wherein all the continent shall drown. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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The Occult Forces. The Ritual Murder. The Sinister Storms. The Prophetic Dreams. The Last Wave. See more »


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AUD 810,000 (estimated)
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This Australian film was partially financed by an advance sale to the American major film company United Artists (UA) for rights to all English speaking territories outside of Canada and the USA. UA provided approximately half of this film's estimated $750-810,000 (Australian) production costs which equated to approximately $350,000 (Australian). Interestingly, UA did not actually distribute this film in the USA, World Northal Films Corporation did. See more »

Goofs

When Chamberlin's character leaves his office and drives in the rain the windshield wipers are moving at a fast rate. When the shot changes to inside the car the wipers are suddenly moving at a slower rate. See more »

Quotes

Chris Lee: [to David Burton] But you ... I think you may be mukuru. You different tribe ... from another world ... across the sea ... from sunrise.
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Referenced in Interview with Director Peter Weir (2001) See more »

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Incredible!
22 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This supernatural Peter Weir thriller is truly one of the most haunting and fascinating movies ever seen. Richard Chamberlain does his best performance here as the Australian lawyer who defends a group of young Aborigins accused of murder. As he gets closer on the case, he discovers more about the main defendant, Chris, and not least about himself. Chris tells him that he is a Mulkurul, which appear to be a race of supernatural beings that lived in Australia thousands of years ago. At the same time, extraordinary high rainfall seems to confirm the Aboriginal prophecy of the coming of the LAST WAVE, the one that will drown the world.

The dream sequences and the supernatural effects enhance this movie and make it a spectacular experience. Olivia Hamnett and David Gulpilil are solid in the supporting roles, as well as the chap with the difficult name who plays Charlie, the old Aborigin who can turn into an owl. The climax and the ending don't disappoint, in contrast to many other supernatural thrillers who fall flat after a promising hour or so. However, this can not be called a pure thriller. It is a drama as well and talks about spirituality and spiritual identity in the modern world. A masterful work by Peter Weir, the master of visually stunning dramas.


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