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Last Ride (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 July 2009 (Australia)
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A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.

Director:

Glendyn Ivin

Writers:

Mac Gudgeon (screenplay), Denise Young (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Kev
Tom Russell ... Chook
Anita Hegh ... Maryanne
John Brumpton ... Max
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Ranger Lyall
Sonya Suares ... Zareena Khan
Loren Taylor ... Girl in Pub (as Loren Horsley)
Adam Morgan ... Man in Roadhouse
Chrissie Page Chrissie Page ... Storekeeper
Chris Weir ... Local #2 in Pub
Michael Allen Michael Allen ... Local #1 in Pub
Beau Hurren Beau Hurren ... Local #3 in Pub
Mick Coulthard Mick Coulthard ... Uncle Mick
Lucy Russell Lucy Russell ... Girl in the Chicken Shop
Jane Liscombe Jane Liscombe ... News Reporter
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A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.

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Are some bonds meant to be broken? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Ride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$838, 1 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,480, 9 September 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Glendyn Ivin and screenwriter Mac Gudgeon undertook the same actual trip as in the film's source novel "The Last Ride" by Denise Young. They went camping along the routes set in the book. Unsure whether Broken Hill in New South Wales contained all of the locations required for the shoot, producer Antonia Barnard believed South Australia could hold the answer to their location needs. She said: "Eventually, when the Adelaide Film Festival became involved, and after I had seen 'Lucky Miles' [2007], I thought that the Flinders Ranges may contain all the locations we were looking for. The SAFC [South Australian Film Corporation] brought us down to look around, and [director] Glendyn [Ivin] was immediately taken with a location about twenty minutes into our four-hour drive. From then on there was no doubt but that the Flinders Ranges would be the location for our film." See more »

Goofs

When Chook goes back to the car (at the end), sunlight can be seen through his hair on both sides of his head from behind, indicating that his face is in full sun. The following shot from the front shows half his face in shadow. See more »

Connections

References Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) See more »

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Hawa Al Nahar
Written by J. Tawadros (Copyright Control)
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Superb acting from Hugo Weaving, of a totally repulsive and frightening individual.
21 July 2009 | by pacificsiteSee all my reviews

It takes a lot of guts to push for truth to character rather than going for the easy way out, softening the edges. In this film Hugo Weaving's character has been so severely scarred by life that he has become a total sociopath, with no capacity for empathy, let alone love. It would have been easier for Weaving to have softened him a bit, shown signs that really deep down he did love his son. But that would not have been this guy, who is as hard as nails and totally self-concerned. Even when takes his son camping, it is all about himself, recapturing the few happy times in his youth. When his son makes that picture shake, his reaction is vicious. All this makes it a hard film to watch, in the same league as some other Australian films like "The Boys".

Matching Weaving step for step, Tom Russell's portrayal of the wary boy wishing his father would show him some affection but fearing the worst, is brilliant. Never overdone or mawkish, showing extraordinary subtlety and maturity for one so young.

Finally, the ending is suitably enigmatic, leaving us with questions about what really happened, and what might now.

A brilliant film, but if you like feel-good with a happy ending, don't go to this one.


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