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The Last Chase

  • Action
  • Sci-fi
  • 1981
  • Martyn Burke
  • 101 mins

Summary

In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian central government has ordered all personal vehicles be impounded by law. One man, a former race car driver, yearns again for his ability to choose his own roads and destiny. He reassembles his race car hidden from confiscation, and sets out for "Free California" which has broken away from the new regime, aided by a young technically savvy teen who feels alienated from this "social" society. Agents of the new government must stop this man at any cost to destroy the symbology he represents, and the instability that such a desire for personal autonomy could mean to the society. An old Korean War veteran and his F-86 Sabre jet are called into service to chase down this dangerous man, and end his flouting of the will of the state. In the words of one of the government agents, "People going where they want to, where they want to. This could set us back to the 1980s."

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A hymn to that most American of institutions: the car. Set in the near future, this reactionary riposte to the green movement has Lee Majors achieving heroic status when he defies the authorities by driving his banned gas-guzzler across the country. Burgess Meredith is the wily pilot detailed to stop him. Hugely funny, though for all the wrong reasons.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank HartLee Majors
Captain WilliamsBurgess Meredith
RingChris Makepeace
EudoraAlexandra Stewart
HawkingsGeorge Touliatos
MorelyBenjamin Gordon
SantanaDiane D'Aquila

Crew

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DirectorMartyn Burke

Details

Released on
1981-07-10
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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