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Last Cab to Darwin (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 June 2016 (USA)
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When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.


Jeremy Sims


Reg Cribb (play), Reg Cribb | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caton ... Rex
Ningali Lawford Ningali Lawford ... Polly (as Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
Mark Coles Smith ... Tilly
Emma Hamilton ... Julie
Jacki Weaver ... Dr. Nicole Farmer
John Howard ... Simmo
Alan Dukes ... Col
David Field ... Dougie
Kelly Butler Kelly Butler ... Stella
Elliott Weston Elliott Weston ... Frank
Brian Taylor Brian Taylor ... Coach
Jeremy Cumpston ... Doctor Sharpe
Christopher Stollery ... Specialist
Andrew Ryan Andrew Ryan ... Young miner
Mercia Deane-Johns ... Fay


Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it. Written by Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims

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It's never too late to start living


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Michael Caton's first film role in 11 years. See more »


When Tilly is in the back of the cab for the first time having a smoke he opens the rear window. There is the sound of a power window opener. That model Falcon only has power windows in the front. See more »


Dougie: Here's to us and fuck the rest.
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Best Australian movie in years
16 August 2015 | by mailes22See all my reviews

What a terrific film on all levels. It's been released for a few weeks now, but drew a reasonable sized crowd on a Sunday night on the back of strong press reviews. I think it's going to continue to pull in crowds on the strength of word of mouth recommendations. Including mine.

Generally I'm not a fan of Australian films but this one is great. Starting with the cast. Michael Caton was excellent and had surprising depths in his performance that I never expected him to have. The only weak link in the cast is Jackie Weaver, despite having "Academy Award Nominee" forever attached to her name now. Even though many of the support cast were not well known actors, only Weaver's acting was poor. She looked like "I'm acting this" with nearly every line she delivered. The young guy who played Tilly was fantastic - and surprisingly convincing in his one emotionally vulnerable scene.

Secondly, the script. I heard one radio reviewer say that the dialogue by 'blackfellas' in movies is usually very obviously written by white writers, and rarely rings 'true'. Similarly, writers who want to shoehorn Australian colloquialisms into a movie or stage play often do it in a very clumsy way. But in Last Cab to Darwin, the dialogue does ring true and the writers are to be congratulated.

Next, the themes. This is not a 90 minute 'quickie' of a movie. It has real depth, not just on the issue of euthanasia, but also on black/white prejudices in country Australia, and the movie doesn't skirt around indigenous social problems either.

Then there's the scenery. Spectacular. And I bet the places featured along Rex's road trip enjoy an upturn in visitor numbers in the next year or so as a result of this film.

Finally there's the humour. It is quintessentially Australian dry humour and it's quick and subtle and sprinkled throughout. The best line is the one about the dog's name. Still making me chuckle even now - as much as anything because you didn't see it coming at the time and Michael Caton's delivery was perfect.

As Molly Meldrum would say: do yourself a favour and go and see it.

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Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


AUD3,992,880 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$620, 12 June 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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