Review: ‘The Last Run’

The Last Run is a suspense melodrama with a set of criminal characters to keep action lively but its story line is so blurred by unexplained elements that it emerges little more than an ordinary actioner. George C. Scott gives certain authority to a hardhitting role.

The Last Run is a suspense melodrama with a set of criminal characters to keep action lively but its story line is so blurred by unexplained elements that it emerges little more than an ordinary actioner. George C. Scott gives certain authority to a hardhitting role.

Produced in Spain by Carter De Haven and directed by Richard Fleischer, taking over from John Huston, who ankled the assignment, film gains in pictorial interest from constant shrewd use of colorful backgrounds. Original screenplay by Alan Sharp is designed as a saga of a man on the run after his escape from a prison van, and an old hand directing this flight. What comes out on screen militates against ready acceptance of this premise due to haphazard writing.

Scott plays a retired American mobster who once drove for criminals in fast getaways. He returns to activity after nine years to aid an escaped con and whisk him across the Spanish border into France. It’s all pretty fuzzy and audience is at a loss to understand the whys and wherefores of the action.

The Last Run

Production

M-G-M. Director Richard Fleischer; Producer Carter de Haven; Screenplay Alan Sharp; Camera Sven Nykvist; Editor Russell Lloyd; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Roy Walker, Jose Maria Tapiador

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

George C. Scott Tony Musante Trish Van Devere Colleen Dewhurst
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