|THE LAST RUN (director: Richard Fleischer; screenwriter: Alan Sharp; cinematographer: Sven Nykvist; editor: Russell Lloyd; music: Jerry Goldsmith; cast: George C. Scott (Harry Garmes), Tony Musante (Paul Rickard), Trish Van Devere (Claudie Scherrer), Colleen Dewhurst (Monique), Aldo Sanbrell (Miguel), Antonio Tarruella (Motorcycle cop); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Carter de Haven; MGM; 1940)|
|"Downbeat but well-crafted crime
by Dennis Schwartz
Richard Fleischer ("Soylent Green"/"The
Jazz Singer"/"Conan the Destroyer")
takes over the directing chores from the boozy John
Huston. Huston quit over his enmity for star
George C. Scott. The screenwriter is Alan Sharp, whose
labored script keeps things muddled.
downbeat but well-crafted crime thriller is about that
old chestnut of an aging world-weary gangster taking
one last job to see if he still can do it after years
of retirement as a fisherman. Scott is the
embittered ex-Chicago mob getaway driver living in
seclusion the last nine years as out of place
fisherman in a Portuguese fishing village. His
child dies and his wife abandons him. Bored to death,
he agrees to drive the punky young convict Tony
Musante from Spain to France, after he's broken out of
a prison van near the French border. The boastful
Musante takes along his young lady friend Trish
Van Devere, as they plan to live in France. The
job turns out to be a double-cross, as the syndicate
takes Tony and Trish hostage at their meeting spot and
payoff Scott to split. Scott does the unexpected and
comes back to rescue the unlikable escapee. In pursuit
are both the mob and the cops.
looking Spanish landscapes, some good car chases, a
dazzling character study performance by Scott and a
haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith keep things hopping
despite its lousy screenplay and predictable
narrative. Colleen Dewhurst has
an inconsequential role as the whore in the fishing
village who is close to Scott.
Scott's former wife Colleen Dewhurst and future wife Trish Van Devere are oddly enough featured in the film.
REVIEWED ON 12/25/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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