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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 »

Director:

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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Storyline

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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The oil finally ran out... and somewhere in the future, the chase has begun. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 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

It was during the production of this film, that Ryan O'Neal and Majors' then wife Farrah Fawcett-Majors began their long on again off again relationship. Majors was contractually obligated to be on location filming in Canada, while tabloids were printing updates on O'Neal's and Fawcett's affair. See more »

Goofs

The protagonist refuels his Porsche by pumping out the remaining fuel from storage tanks that have apparently not been refilled for 20 years. Gasoline tends to lose its combustible tendencies in as little as six months - depending on environmental conditions - and after two decades would definitely not be usable in a vehicle engine. 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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Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Last Chase (1989) See more »

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a few cool things in cheesy Canadian production
18 February 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In a fuel-starved future, the totalitarian government has just impounded all private vehicles. Twenty years ago, the world was ravaged by a mysterious disease. Race car driver Franklyn Hart (Lee Majors) lost his family during the epidemic. Hart is now the spokesman for the mass transit system. He is being investigated for breaking into the impound lot and in danger of re-education. Ring (Chris Makepeace) is a hacker anti-authority boarding school student. Ring goes on the run from the police and gets Hart's help to drive to "Free California". The government has to stop this symbol of personal freedom. They bring out Vietnam vet Captain Williams (Burgess Meredith) and an F-86 Sabre jet.

This is a rally for driving freedom in response to the speed limit. There are a couple cool things in this movie. However at its heart, it's a non-sensical cheesy Canadian production. I like the operations room although I wonder if it's recycled from another movie. The world in the movie makes little sense but the idea of the freedom of the road is very appealing. Burgess talking to his plane is kind of funny. The movie probably needs more comedy and not the unintended kind.


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