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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 »


Martyn Burke


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




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)


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 »


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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

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The Oil Runs Out, So The 6 Million Dollar Man Heads West
16 March 2003 | by WSAP1303See all my reviews

OK, I'll be the first to admit that this film is nothing special in the grand scheme of millions of movies ever made. However, did you ever see a movie that was barely OK production & acting wise but held your interest? That movie is "The Last Chase." Sometimes you don't want a movie to be technically correct with perfect continuity and a flawless believable story line. This again is "The Last Chase". Sometimes you see a movie at a certain point in your past and watching it again brings back great memories from that time in your life. The Last Chase has characters that you can identify with. Lee Majors plays Franklin Hart an ex-race car driver living in a futuristic Boston who is tired of the laws of an America without oil. Chris Makepeace (Meatballs) plays a brainy student who tags along and gives Lee someone to talk to in the film. Longing for the days when America has gasoline and he could race his car and be a recognized sports figure Frank sees an illegal television broadcast from California (A Free State) and decides that Boston is no longer the place he wants to be. Set in the United States and filmed in Canada, the Last Chase is a fun albeit silly romp that converts an interesting story to film. If it's listed, record it. This one's very tough to find in any format. Made by Crown International Pictures Canada, I'd plead for the DVD, but that request would fall on deaf ears as almost no one would ever remember this one. But I liked it. The Gil Melle score is terrific!

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10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

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Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »


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$4,900,000 (estimated)
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