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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009C30ROU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The sorry demise of country music legend Hank Williams is depicted in The Last Ride, a 2011 drama directed by Harry Thomason. This is not your typical music biopic; whereas, say, Walk the Line and Coal Miner's Daughter limn the lives and careers of their central characters (Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, respectively), this film takes place over the course of less than three days, focusing on the relationship between Williams (ably portrayed by Henry Thomas, now in his 40s and three decades removed from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and the bewildered young man (Jesse James, playing a character called Silas) hired to drive the singer from Alabama to a couple of gigs in West Virginia and Ohio at the tail end of 1952. By this time, Williams, just 29 years old, was a dying man, a raging alcoholic and druggie who also suffered from debilitating back pain, all of which made him notoriously unreliable. Add to that some nasty winter weather and a few unplanned escapades along the way (a brush with the police, a bar fight), and it's obvious early on that they'll never make the West Virginia show; they don't make it to Ohio, either, as Williams dies in the back seat of his fancy Cadillac en route. Central to the tale are the life lessons delivered by the veteran star, who's alternately cantankerous and charming, to his callow young driver, and those scenes are well played. On the down side, we hear nary a note of the real Hank Williams's music, as his songs (including classics like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "Cold, Cold Heart") are all performed by others, including Hank's daughter, Jett Williams; Thomas's Williams never so much as picks up a guitar. What's more, viewers are obliged to buy into the film's principal conceit: not once do we hear the name "Hank Williams" (he's referred to as "Mr. Wells" or "Luke"), and of all the characters we meet along the way, only one seems to recognize him. Even Silas has no idea who his passenger is, which is one of several instances where the script diverges from the facts; the real-life driver, Charles Carr, had known the singer for most of his life (Carr died in July 2013). A minor quibble? Sure--especially in view of the filmmakers' cheeky opening disclaimer ("much of what follows is true"). And the rest of Williams's life has been chronicled elsewhere, including in the 1964 film Your Cheatin' Heart, starring George Hamilton. As it is, The Last Ride is an enjoyable and unusual look at an important and hugely influential artist. --Sam Graham

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Based on the controversial life story of singer-songwriter, Hank Williams, THE LAST RIDE tells the powerful tale of country music's original bad boy. The man, the myth and the music come together when Williams travels from Alabama to a series of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio. This remarkable journey leads straight into the heart and soul of the legendary performer...as he takes one last shot at redemption. Featuring all-new versions of Hank Williams' greatest songs, this emotional tale of hope and truth is one you'll never forget.

Customer Reviews

Great acting and great movie!
Em
I don't think I'm giving anything away ( I hate spoilers too) by saying that "Luke" dies in the back of his Cadillac, and that is true.
Steven I. Ramm
This film is going to be around for a long time!!
Amadeus

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I admit that I'm not an expert on Hank Williams though I think I've reviewed every reissue of his music over the last 15 years and I got the soundtrack CD earlier this year. I missed the film when it played in theaters and was anxious to see it on DVD/BD. Overall I liked it, but don't expect "Oscar" winning performances. It was pretty much independently produced in 2010 but didn't get a distributor (Fox) until 2012. And it took till this year (2013) to get to home video.

You'll hear a lot about Hank Williams in the review but not hear his name mentioned in the film - except on the radio. Even the intro refers to "Luke the Drifter", Williams "alter-ego". And the screen says "Based on a true story" at the beginning but in the bonus feature (more on that in a minute) they say that most of it is fiction. I don't think I'm giving anything away ( I hate spoilers too) by saying that "Luke" dies in the back of his Cadillac, and that is true. Whether anyone else was inside is not known for certain.

The film features lots of music including alol Hank Williams' hits as well as new songs performed by a band, whose members I didn't recognize. Of the musicians on the score, I did recognize one name, Jimmy Capps, who is a regular on Larry Black's "Country's Family Reunion" TV show. So country and Hank fans will enjoy this.
Hank/Luke is played by Henry Thomas - who has certainly grown since he starred in "E.T."! I think he overdoes the "drunken" thing but not enough to dissuade folks from seeing this. If you spot Kaley Cuoco's name on the package and lover her - as I do - from The Big Bang Theory, you will find that she doesn't appear until 2/3 of the way through the film and doesn't get a lot of screen time. So don't come here expecting a lot of Kaley.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ellison on July 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A 19-year-old guy gets a job to drive a 'Mr. Wells' to Virginia. He is told to not let Mr. Wells drink. If Wells arrives drunk the driver does not get paid. Soon enough Wells (played by Henry Thomas of E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial [VHS]) wants a drink.

This movie reminded me of Collateral with its story of a driver an passenger. All the driver knows is that the passenger is in the music industry. They never say his name. People say they saw him in concert but nobody identifies him. Wells says his name is a traveling name. He also says his name is Luke.

Since there is much driving there are several cars, they are in a 1950's Caddy, it is a character itself. Fred Thompson plays Wells' manager during some phone calls.

When they do not make the show in Virginia they head to Ohio, two times they get fuel for $6 and $8. Kaley Cuoco appears in the Third Act as a local love interest. It appears she took a day off from The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season [Blu-ray].

At times Thomas does appear to share a likeness with Hank Williams, he is 40ish and he is playing the old-for-his-age 29-year-old Hank Williams with his ailments. I teared up at the end, watching the end of greatness. You just wish it did not happen the way it did. They end up at a honky tonk and I had hopes that he might mount the stage and crank out one song like Honkytonk Man, he did not. Interesting, watchable. Period scenery. Shot in Arkansas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amadeus on June 17, 2013
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One of the most moving and beautiful movies I have seen in a long time! The acting is fantastic---NOT A BAD ACTOR IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE!! Rare indeed!! The music is endearing (especially Tennessee Waltz!) and the cinematography is entrancing. This film is going to be around for a long time!! Hank--we miss you!!! But this film lets us spend a little bit more precious time with you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Yochim on July 8, 2013
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Was so deeply moved by this drama that my mood was affected for three days. Sent my daughter her copy and she called me
crying right after she watched it. My daughter, a rock singer, has never been a vintage country music fan like her parents, yet
she too was deeply affected. The success of this movie has much to do with the perfect casting. Henry Thomas is cosmic as
Hank, and everyone else is stellar as well. The locations were lovingly researched and chosen providing depth to the mood and
authenticity of the story. But the most heart shredding of all is to "get" the true picture of Hank: An American icon who blasted
country music out of obscurity, changing it forever, and did this despite suffering from spinal bifida and dying before
he even hit thirty.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bill Rainey on June 4, 2013
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The growing relationship between Hank and his driver, Silas was fantastic. The acting was believable, and the story just pulled you along. I have already watched it three times, and I am getting ready for the fourth in a few minutes. Then, I'll probably watch Walk the Line, the The Last Ride again. I HIGHLY recommend this movie for ALL country music fans, fans of the South in the 1950s, and real movie fans. Tim Jackson and Harry Thomason, you've really done it this time. Thanks! More, please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Strickland on July 7, 2013
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Great treatment of an incredibly interesting story. I remember the day Hank died, and it was every bit as big as portrayed. Wish there had been more of his music in the video.
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