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a lost gem,
This review is from: The Last Run (1971) (DVD)George C. Scott's performance is for my money the best of his career---and he has given some great performances over the years. Real depth of feeling. But this would not be possible without Alan Sharp's script which is both brilliant and deeply moving. Sharp is the unsung hero of this film. (Sharp you may recall wrote the screenplay for Night Moves and he turned what would have been just another private eye story into a great film---thanks also to Gene Hackman's great delivery of Sharp's lines) Early on in The Last Run we hear Scott say "When my wife told me she was going to Switzerland to get her breasts lifted I thought she meant surgically." and the great lines just keep coming.
This is a movie that plays at two levels: the obvious one of thriller with an entertaining plot and the one that takes you to the depths of the human soul as a man finds himself alone seeking not just a last run at driving a car for gangsters but a last run at love.
Jerry Goldsmith is in good form with a haunting and lyrical score. And Richard Fleischer's direction is fine.
The Last Run is a great film and it easily finds its way onto my top 25 films of all time list.