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The Last Wave (1977)

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Peter Weir (screenplay), Tony Morphett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... David Burton
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Annie Burton
David Gulpilil ... Chris Lee (as Gulpilil)
Frederick Parslow Frederick Parslow ... Rev. Burton
Vivean Gray Vivean Gray ... Dr. Whitburn
Nandjiwarra Amagula Nandjiwarra Amagula ... Charlie
Walter Amagula Walter Amagula ... Gerry Lee
Roy Bara Roy Bara ... Larry
Cedrick Lalara Cedrick Lalara ... Lindsey
Morris Lalara Morris Lalara ... Jacko
Peter Carroll ... Michael Zeadler
Athol Compton Athol Compton ... Billy Corman
Hedley Cullen ... Judge
Michael Duffield Michael Duffield ... Andrew Potter
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Morgue Doctor
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Storyline

A Sydney lawyer has more to worry about than higher-than-average rainfall when he is called upon to defend five Aboriginals in court. Determined to break their silence and discover the truth behind the hidden society he suspects lives in his city, the Lawyer is drawn further, and more intimately, into a prophesy that threatens a new Armageddon, wherein all the continent shall drown. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Italian | Aboriginal

Release Date:

January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rain See more »

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Budget:

AUD 810,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Of the three main films that then Australian child actor Greg Rowe starred or appeared in for the South Australian Film Corporation, Storm Boy (1976), The Last Wave (1977) and Blue Fin (1978), all three films featured storms and bad weather. See more »

Goofs

When Chamberlin's character leaves his office and drives in the rain the windshield wipers are moving at a fast rate. When the shot changes to inside the car the wipers are suddenly moving at a slower rate. See more »

Quotes

Chris Lee: Because of your dream and my dream too, I brought you here. But, I broken the law - of my people. Down there. Past the snake. You will found what you're looking for. Go! Now!
David Burton: Will you wait here for me?
Chris Lee: No. I'm going back to my people. Back to the dreamtime.
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Ahead of its time
8 July 2002 | by jtur88See all my reviews

I came away thinking that this was a 1997 film, produced 20 years ahead of its time. Very few films can say that, but The Last Wave really did leave one with the sense that an alien who had seen the future revealed (in a dream?) to the director how films would be shot 20 years in the future. That doesn't make it a "good" picture, when seen in the present---it just makes it remarkably fresh for an oldie. I loved the willingness of the director to tolerate silence, and to let scenes go, actionless, without screaming CUT all the time. At times, made me think of Anouk Aimee's wonderful 22-second "look" when Trintignant first held her hand.


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