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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.

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Jeremy Sims

Writers:

Reg Cribb (play), Reg Cribb | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's never too late to start living

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó taxi Darwinba See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,992,880 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$620, 12 June 2016

Gross USA:

$32,848
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rex: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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Soundtracks

Rex and Polly's Theme
(uncredited)
Music Written by Ed Kuepper
Performers: Michael Caton & Ningali Lawford (Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
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A likable and unique Australian tinged road-trip through life and the dusty outback
13 December 2015 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

One of the great Australian success stories of a very profitable 2015 for local films, Jeremy Sims Last Cab to Darwin scored over 7 million dollars in local box office receipts this year and garnered an equal share of critical and audience good will that will likely see it become a staple in collections of local film lovers for years to come.

Adapting Reg Cribb's successful stage play of the same name and casting Australian identity Michael Caton in the role that he portrayed in that very play, Sims has done a fine job at transplanting a play into a feature length film and his capturing of the dusty plains of outback Australia as Caton's dying cab driver and lonely soul Rex heads off on a road trip from South Australia's Broken Hill to Darwin is one of the films highlights.

But it's not all smooth sailing for Sim's as he finds trouble maintaining momentum in the film which starts off particularly strong and engaging but through a misguided and cliché ridden final act loses stem, particularly with a bunch of side characters that feel slightly underdeveloped and also far to "movie like" to feel real.

Caton delivers what could well be his finest ever moment as Rex a man we come to care for in a short period of time and Caton's experience with both comedy and drama serve him well as he balances a nice line between humour and pathos. Rex's journey (which is supposedly based around some true events) feels real and emotion filled but with the film itself set up for a 2 hour long trip, Rex's ride to be euthanized before cancer slowly kills him gets filled with Mark Coles Smith's (who sadly overplays) lost young man Tilly and Emma Hamilton's English ex-pat Julie's loving nurse and both these characters while at moments help the film along also take a little too much away from the film and it would've been nice to have seen them play smaller roles and Sims to have had more faith in Caton to carry the film along as he was seemingly more than up to the task.

One of the better feel good (and sad) Australian movies in some time, The Last Cab to Darwin would be an incredibly hard films to dislike and while it never breaks out into being an undeniably standout classic, its deserving of its warm reception and likely long standing place in the hearts of Australian movie goers that found themselves investing in this likable tale of one man's journey to find himself in world that seemingly passed him by.

3 ½ cat trees out of 5


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