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The Last Ride (2012)



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After a meteoric rise to radio super-stardom in the late 1940's, Hank Williams, who called himself Luke the Drifter, had made a train wreck of his life. At the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right and began the long road back. On his way to a couple of New Year's shows in West Virginia and Ohio, he hired a local kid who didn't even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him to the gigs from Montgomery, AL. Hank Williams never got there. Inspired by the mysterious final days of Hank Williams' life, The Last Ride is the story of that final drive through the bleak Appalachian countryside of 1950's America. -- (C) Category Onemore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, some language, a fight and smoking)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Howard Klausner, Dub Cornett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
Box Office: $16.3k
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Henry Thomas
as Mr. Wells/Hank Willi...
Danny Thomason
as Dr. Stoneacre
Lawrence Hamilton
as Street Musician
Graham Gordy
as Attendant
Bill Butler
as Bellman
James Hampton
as Judge Matheny
Jeff Bailey
as Maynard
Dash Goff
as Stove Keeper
Matt Lindahl
as Store Singer
Rick Dial
as Dirty John
Jennifer Pierce
as Good Looking Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Last Ride

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

Alas, "The Last Ride" doesn't deliver much insight into Williams or the lifestyle that killed him.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Last Ride doesn't give us a complete picture of Hank Williams. But it does ably illustrate the final days of his life.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

James does a fine job of portraying a na´ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Bearing all the hallmarks of a small-budget labor of love, The Last Ride is a leisurely paced but modestly engaging road trip that gets considerable mileage from the byplay between its two lead characters.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Top Critic

This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Last Ride


Not exactly how I envisioned Hank to be but I certainly did not know him. This movie needed Hank Williams music in it to make it complete - and you know he crashed many of bars and took over the stage, he loved to show off, he loved the limelight, he had to be seen and recognised, it it would have been great to have heard Hank tell his story to the young driver, to see flashbacks that lead up to where they were at that point - because to be honest parts of this movie were kind of flat, a little back story would have been a real attention grabber... where was that in this movie? I would give it an 4 1/2- only because I think Hank have more charm & character than they had the actor express. I know this was just his 'last ride' but Hank had a real temper he also was smooth as silk with the ladies and he was one rowdy guy always looking for a fight - I just think maybe they could have let Jessie James add a lil more oomph into this character... this is definitely worth the watch. Kaley Cuoco was awesome in the movie, even though she had a small part. 4 1/2 stars 7-1013

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This was a long drawn out road trip story with a bittersweet ending that was perfect. Thomas and James were great in their roles, but it is a sad story.

Heather Metzger

Henry Thomas who you might better remember as Elliot from E.T. and Samuel from Legends of the Fall delivers an outstanding performance as Hank Williams. Perfect casting for that part. The low-budget of this film was very evident unfortunately, as the driving scenes looked similar to Saturday Night Live's Taxicab Confessions skit from the mid 90s,and the sound mixing is cringe-worthy with how bad it is, as was the music. Not enough money to pay for the Hank Williams songs, instead there are covers of those songs. This film is not a showcase of historical accuracy that's for sure, but it is a showcase of acting and Henry Thomas did an outstanding job. He made me believe that he was Hank Williams without ever singing, and the duo of he and actor Jesse James (Not West Coast Choppers) played off each other very well, and very naturally, and made for a very enjoyable, relaxed, and interesting movie drama. The little side story with Kaley Cuoco from 'Big Bang Theory' fame was completely unecessary however, and did nothing to help the film. In fact, quite the opposite. I wonder how much of the budget went to paying her?

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