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directed by Richard Fleischer, John Huston
USA 1971

George C. Scott stars in The Last Run as an aging mob driver hoping to make one last big haul and retire. Harry Garmes Scott is persuaded by his old cronies to drive escaped criminal Paul Ricard Tony Musante and his girlfriend, Claudio Schemer Trish VanDevere, across Spain to safety. Garmes has premonitions throughout the flight of his own demise, but his fate will not be known until the end of his journey. John Huston was supposed to direct, but was replaced after a series of confrontations with Richard Fleischer. The cast includes Scott's then-wife, Colleen Dewhurst, alongside his wife-to-be, Trish Van Devere.

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George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere (Scott’s future wife) co-star in this gritty crime drama directed by Richard Fleisher (who replaced original director John Huston). Scott plays Harry Garmes, a former getaway driver who has retired to a peaceful life in a rural southern Portugal fishing village. Garmes is asked to pull off one last gig; he must drive a young killer (Tony Musante) and his girlfriend (Van Devere) across the border to France. What follows is a lean, full-of-attitude thriller where no one can be trusted, fueled by Scott’s hard as nails performance and striking cinematography by Sven Nykvist.

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Academy Award winner George C. Scott stars as a retired Chicago getaway driver living in Portugal who decides to come out of retirement for The Last Run. Harry Garmes (Scott) has never been lucky: His wife has left him; his son is dead. He should quietly enjoy his retirement, but he agrees to drive an escaped convict across Spain. Garmes' luck hasn't changed, though. The mob has helped the convict escape so they can kill him--and Garmes is the only witness.

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Theatrical Premiere: July 7th, 1971

 

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:35:03
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2011
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The Last Run is a bit disconnected - and, I suspect, the on-the-fly director switch from Huston to Fleischer didn't help. Certainly there is some good though - Scott - his present (Colleen Dewhurst) and future (Trish Van Devere) wife and interesting, and occasionally obtuse, cinematography by the great Sven Nykvist. I'm sure Anton Cornijn's The American with George Clooney steals from it.

It's standard single-layered Warner MoD (Made-on-Demand) disc,  progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and colors are quite rich. The Nerja, Málaga, Andalucía, Spanish locales look gorgeous. It's a competent SD with many positives for the format. We get another clean, consistent, presentation.  

We get standard Dolby mono sound, but there are some screeching car driving scenes that sound surprisingly deep exporting impressive aggression. There may be a minor sync issue with the dialogue - but it's not bothersome. The score by Jerry Goldsmith (Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass etc.) adds to the atmosphere and builds tension and suspense throughout. There are no subtitles or extras on the region free DVD disc.

I think the subtext of The Last Run is acceptance of age. Garmes (Scott) is going through a car and career-related retired-too-early crisis where he needs to prove that he is still capable, worthy... still a man. Amusingly this mid-life juncture would reflect almost directly with Scott in his real life by shifting marital wheels for a younger model... with both gals starring with him in the film! This is an imperfect thriller but I'll watch anything with George C. Scott and the European countryside is a wonderful setting for the car sequences. There is enough here to warrant a buy, IMO.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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