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The Last Wave (1977)

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Release Date
Nov 30, 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 27, 2001

Budget AUD 810,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country Australia

Studio Ayer Productions, South Australian Film Corp., United Artists

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Other Titles
• The Last Wave
• Die Letzte Flut (1977)

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Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Murder, Law, Courtroom, Supernatural, Occult, Culture Clash, Religion, Psychodrama, Disaster, Disturbing, Investigation

Tagline: A dream that became a nightmare. His was a premonition of doom.

Plot: David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is a young Sydney tax lawyer with a wife, two young daughters, and a very comfortable suburban existence. His life takes a strange turn, however, when he is asked to defend a group of Aborigines who have been accused of murder. The mysterious young men are maddeningly reticent when it comes to discussing the circumstances, though, and he finds that factors beyond his comprehension are involved when he begins having disturbing watery visions and ghostly sightings of Chris (David Gulpilil, WALKABOUT), one of the men involved in the murder. Already in over his head, David begins an odyssey involving strange natural occurrences in downtown Sydney, the Aboriginal concept of "dream time," and what seems to the end of the world as we know it.

Peter Weir infuses his film with a spooky sense of dread that gives the viewer the sensation of entering a private world. Through a combination of Chamberlain's restrained performance and a handful of minimal yet well-chosen visual effects, THE LAST WAVE is able to create a believable aura of the impending apocalypse. With its thoughtful pitting of modern society against an ancient culture, it stands as one of the touchstones of 1970s Australian cinema.

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 Directed by
Peter Weir
The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
 Written by
Peter Weir
The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Tony Morphett
Don't Look Behind You, 13 Gantry Row
Richard Chamberlain
The Towering Inferno, The Three Musketeers, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
Olivia Hamnett
The Earthling, The Ripper
David Gulpilil
Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Walkabout
Vivean Gray
Picnic at Hanging Rock
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