The Last Run
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George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere (Scott's future wife) costar 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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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.
The cinematography is compelling (hello? Sven Nykvist!) and the script is intelligently written. The driving and chase scenes are truly exciting as it's nice to see a drama/action movie from the days before special effects took center stage at the expense of fine acting.
This movie has the gritty feel of real reality and it is one of those rare movies that one can enjoy again and again.