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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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Did You Know?


The football coach is played by Brian Taylor, an ex-footballer and television sports commentator. His voice is also heard on the television when Polly is in Rex's house with her relatives. So Brian Taylor appears in the film twice - firstly as the football coach and then as himself commenting on an football match being played in Victoria. 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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Girls on the Avenue
Written by Richard Clapton (as R. Clapton) (Mushroom Music)
Performed by Richard Clapton
(P) 1975 Festival Records Pty Limited
Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Limited
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A road movie with loads of heart and spirit. Another great Australian film
18 September 2015 | by david-rector-85092See all my reviews

Michael Caton has been a fixture on Australian screens since the 1970's thanks to TV shows like 'The Sullivans' and 'Packed to the Rafters'. His voice is quintessentially Aussie and his face and personality have made him a household name. His casting for this film is perfect and I can't even imagine another actor as Rex; so perfect is Caton, and such a gift for an actor who has mostly been the family uncle or grandad. Here he is, front and centre; stoic, three dimensional and instantly likable. Director Jeremy Sims, himself a TV and film actor, has elicited an award worthy performance from the veteran, but also helps young actor Mark Coles Smith as Tilly, make one of the year's best supporting turns. The camera just loves his wicked grin and his playful, easy charm. The film pulls no punches with some of the content surrounding both the indigenous characters such as Tilly, or the circumstances and realities of euthanasia. I was disappointed with Jacki Weaver here: she never looks or sounds comfortable with her character, and that is unfortunate as it is a linchpin to the film's trajectory, but Caton's 'Rex' is so unforgettable, that he carries even the weaker elements of the movie. Beautifully photographed and capturing the visceral parts of the landscape and the terrain, 'Last Cab To Darwin' is not a perfect film, but an enjoyable and significant one, and a rewarding one for its leading actor.

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Release Date:

10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


AUD3,992,880 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$620, 12 June 2016

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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