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The Last Chase (1981)

In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian ... See full summary »

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Martyn Burke

Writers:

Christopher Crowe (screenplay by) (as C.R. O'Christopher), Roy Moore (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Franklyn Hart
Burgess Meredith ... Captain J.G. Williams
Chris Makepeace ... Ring
Alexandra Stewart ... Eudora
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Santana
George Touliatos ... Hawkins
Harvey Atkin ... Jud
Ben Gordon Ben Gordon ... Morely
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Fetch
Deborah Burgess Deborah Burgess ... Miss Rawlston
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Mrs. Hart
Moses Znaimer Moses Znaimer ... Reporter
Doug Lennox ... Captain
Paul Amato ... Soldier at Roadblock
Warren Van Evera Warren Van Evera ... New York Cop (as Warren Van Evra)
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In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian central government has ordered all personal vehicles be impounded by law. One man, a former race car driver, yearns again for his ability to choose his own roads and destiny. He reassembles his race car hidden from confiscation, and sets out for "Free California" which has broken away from the new regime, aided by a young technically savvy teen who feels alienated from this "social" society. Agents of the new government must stop this man at any cost to destroy the symbology he represents, and the instability that such a desire for personal autonomy could mean to the society. An old Korean War veteran and his F-86 Sabre jet are called into service to chase down this dangerous man, and end his flouting of the will of the state. In the words of one of the government agents, "People going where they want to,... Written by AGC

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A phantom jet must catch and destroy the last car left on earth. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Perseguição See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Chris Makepeace (Ring) and Harvey Atkin (Jud) appeared in Meatballs (1979). See more »

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Captain Williams crashes his jet into the weapons bunker with enough force to completely destroy both it and his jet. Yet the flimsy glass canopy is found later on the ground in almost pristine condition. See more »

Quotes

Hawkins: What do you see there, Captain?
Captain J.G. Williams: I see a car and two people. Wow! Look at that... son of a bitch!
Hawkins: Much more than a car and two men.
Captain J.G. Williams: Well, that's all I can see.
Hawkins: This man's dangerous. This little joyride he's on is undermining the entire balance of this country.
Captain J.G. Williams: Sir, this is just one car... I mean, a little exhaust isn't going to upset the whole balance of the universe.
Hawkins: You are missing the metaphor.
Captain J.G. Williams: There's a meta-who?
Hawkins: I am talking about our entire way of life, Captain. We live in a society that ...
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Last Chase (1989) See more »

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And Majors shall lead them....
21 December 2009 | by Clint WalkerSee all my reviews

...in a vehicle with no headlights.

Here's the story. In a future time when the government won't let you own private modes of transportation, a former race car driver (Majors) who now has to give commercial lectures on just how great it is in a world with no cars, gets fed up, rebuilds his Porsche, and hits the long abandoned highways to reach "free" California.

A film nowhere near as good as its wonderfully daft premise suggests, the problem with it is that you can tell it's just playing it way too safe. I'm not saying it had to turn into Death Race 3000 or anything, but there are parts where you can tell cuts have been made (the very brief glimpse at some kind of sex club) to get it a PG rating, and, besides one poor old man getting shot in the chest during a raid, the encounters with the government are handled in a pretty silly fashion.

Still, the concept is fun as far as B films go, and when this does allow itself to just be what it wants to be (Major's barrel-chested macho rebel act in the first twenty minutes) it almost gets by.

That Porche is a pretty lousy choice for a cross-country escape too as, again, it has no headlights, no storage compartments for food that I could see, and an open cockpit so he can freeze to death in the mountains.


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