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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)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Screenwriter Mac Gudgeon adapted the film's source novel and turned it into a very different story for the screenplay. Gudgeon essentially stripped the book right back and took the main characters and their predicament as a single vision. "The essence and the tone of the book is still there, it's still a hauntingly beautiful but brutal story seen through the eyes of a ten year old boy," director Glendyn Ivin said. "But the book ends about half way through the film. Mac wondered what would happen if Kev [Hugo Weaving] and Chook [Tom Russell] kept running. In this way we viewed the book almost like the real life story of Chook and Kev. And the screenplay was the re-imagining of the truth. The book became a really important and detailed backstory for all the characters in the 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 »

Soundtracks

Pharoah's Dream
Written by J. Tawadros (Copyright Control)
Performed by Joseph Tawadros
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Once again, Australian cinema gets it right
2 October 2009 | by pdelamoreSee all my reviews

I'm loving Australian cinema at the moment. It's showing a side of Australia we never see after years of Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin. I loved Kenny and loved Beautiful Kate even more. While I don't think it's quite in the same league as the latter, it's still yet another movie which shows the beauty of Australia's great outdoors.

But despite its visual warmth, the backbone of the movie is its dark story. It reveals itself gradually through-out the plot. You will hate Kev (the father), but there will come a point where you will actually come to accept him. Weaving is, as to be expected, solid and his co-star Tom Russell (Chook, the son) looks set to have a great future in the business.

It's a very good movie that you should check out if you get the chance. 8/10


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