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


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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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Second to last screenwriting credit for Roy Moore (as of February 2018). See more »

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In the amount of time it would have taken Captain J.G. Williams [Burgess Meredith] to fix up and paint the jet that he flies, Franklyn Hart [Lee Majors] and Ring [Chris Makepeace] would have long since arrived in California. 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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Somewhat entertaining despite itself
12 April 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

With a silliness index comparable to that of Death Race 2000, and none of the political insight, The Last Chase starts off with two strikes against it. Nevertheless, this film scored a base-hit with me and earned the "somewhat watchable" rating of 5.

If you have ever wanted to see Lee Majors siphoning regular gas from tanks abandoned 40 years ago and using it in a Formula I Car while chased by Burgess Meredith in a Sabre Jet, this is the film for you. I'm afraid that if you have never had this particular fantasy, you might want to avoid this film. Majors plays a professional race car driver forced to give up his career and dismantle his car by a US government which has outlawed petroleum use. Now let's just play along here and lets ignore the fact that the petroleum and defense industries have been the most valuable players in the election of most of the US's recent right-wing executives, and a few of the lefties too - so let's ignore this impossibility of the basic premise - and let's not even ask how these people are generating electricity, etc. I didn't notice any nukes.... Anyway. Steve Austin...ummm sorry.... Lee Majors' character decides to leave for, of all places, California, where people have not realized that petroleum use is a desire, not a right, and are carrying on the same sort of destructive culture the rest of the USA has apparently disavowed. Believability is, of course not an issue here, as the viewer is never challenged to accept any of this absurdity.

Instead, you just let it go along from ridiculous scene to ridiculous scene. And if you start to wonder how Mr. Majors kept such a straight face throughout this film, just think back on his run in The Six Million Dollar Man. And when you get bored with the Roger Corman-like 2 minute pans across screen following the ancient Burgess Meredith and his Sabre Jet, just imagine him cackling like the Penguin, or focus on the other bizarre animal noises he keeps uttering in his aerially induced euphoria.

This film is remarkably good for what it is. The script is not bad, the directing and editing are fine, the acting is decent, and the soundtrack is even acceptable. It does get boring at times, but, given the utterly ludicrous plot, it's not nearly as bad as it should have been.


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