The Last Wave (1977)

PG   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Mystery


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


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17 April 2003 | jckruize
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| Eerie thriller with unique Aussie slant.
Peter Weir's first international success, THE LAST WAVE is an effective chiller with a fascinating back story based on Aboriginal myth. Richard Chamberlain is quite good as a defense lawyer whose life becomes increasingly unmoored from reality as he delves into a murder case involving Aboriginal tribal rivalries. David Gulpilil plays one of the suspects, who does his best to guide Chamberlain thru the realm of 'Dreamtime', an alternate reality/timeline central to native Australian history and tribal custom. Heavy on atmosphere, deliberately ambiguous in plotting, the film builds to an unsettling finale which is somewhat diminished by poor effects, probably due to budgetary limitations. Nevertheless an intriguing film whose overall impression of mystery and dread lurking just below the surface of what we perceive as 'reality' will stay with you.

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Release Date:

January 1979

Language

English, Italian, Aboriginal


Country of Origin

Australia

Filming Locations

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Box Office

Budget:

AUD810,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$495 2 December 2001

Gross USA:

$957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,382

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