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The Last Wave

The Last Wave (1977)

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Peter Weir follows up on his critically acclaimed masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock with this surrealist psychological drama. The film opens with a freak hailstorm in Australia's outback. Cut to David Burton (Richard Chamberlain), a well-to-do Sydney corporate lawyer plagued by visions of impending doom who is assigned to defend five accused of murdering a fellow Aborigine. The case itself proves to be mysterious -- no exact cause of death can be determined by the pathologist, and the accused

Nov 13, 2001

Cowboy Pictures

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Weir's touristy vision is strictly from the outside looking in.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Its creepiness is undeniable, and it seems far less dated than many late 1970s films.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Startling and mesmerizing Australian film about aborigines, nature and dreamtime.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

There's plenty of floods, thunderheads, cars submerged in water and heavy downpours to get yourself all wet on.

July 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a unique film that bears the uneven, yet genuine, traces of a deeply felt work not entirely settled

December 16, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Weir does a fine job of weaving real events with dream sequences, as well as capturing the aboriginal perspective.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An interesting mixture of dreams and reality, of occult Aborigine tribal rituals and of modern-day Sydney.

June 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Similar to Weir's previous film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, but not as powerful

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
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Audience Reviews for The Last Wave

A haunting character study about a pragmatic man who slowly becomes a believer the hard way. Engulfed by visions that connect him with the mysteries of the aboriginals and an apocalyptic prophecy. Not as well known as 'Picnic at hanging rock' but certainly better.
December 19, 2011
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Peter Weir is known for some excellent Hollywood commercial films such as Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously and Master and Commander, but earlier in his career he made more challenging films in his native Australia. The Last Wave gives a perspective on law we don't find in Hollywood films.

Richard Chamberlain gives a great performance as David Burton, a lawyer hired to defend a group of aborigines accused of murder and is drawn into a nightmarish world of customs and folklore, history and the supernatural.
November 14, 2008
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