The Final Programme (The Last Days of Man on Earth) (1973)

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Doomsday allegory about a future society awaiting a new messiah. Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre, Sterling Hayden, Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith. Also known as "The Last Days of Man on Earth."
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Cult Movies , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Anglo-EMI Film Distributors

Cast

Jenny Runacre
as Miss Brunner
Jon Finch
as Jerry Cornelius
Sterling Hayden
as Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
Patrick Magee
as Dr. Baxter
Hugh Griffith
as Prof. Hira
Ronald Lacey
as Shades
Sarah Douglas
as Catherine
Julie Ege
as Miss Ege
George Coulouris
as Dr. Powys
Graham Crowden
as Dr. Smiles
Basil Henson
as Dr. Lucas
Dolores Del Mar
as Fortune Teller
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Audience Reviews for The Final Programme (The Last Days of Man on Earth)

Not at all as bad as you might think, and a lot more fun than you might. Jenny Runacre steals the entire film as the gleefully sadistic, sexy and smart Miss Brunner(a highlight being a scene with Jerry Cornelius' nemesis Frank in a vault) in a performance reminiscent of her later turn as Bod in Jarman's JUBILEE. Probably the loosest performance I've ever seen out of the underrated (see him in MACBETH) Jon Finch as Jerry; he captures the character in spirit, both his cool and his whininess alternately and is quite funny. (I suspect it's THIS Jerry that was the real influence on comics writer Grant Morrison) and overall a pretty great-looking, not-bad post-Kubrick snotty British psychedelic pop adventure film that, admittedly, does start to fall apart toward the end, but then there's psychedelic solarized light-show sex with Jenny Runacre and you forget. It does seem like the sort of thing that would be better remembered had it come out 1969-71, rather than in 1973, which seems a little too late for its chaotic amorality. It's dated, but a lot of stylish fun.

JL Roberson
JL Roberson

[color=yellow]The Final Programme (1973, Robert Fuest) **½[/color] [color=white]Very British sci-fi yarn. The sets were impressive, as they were on Fuest's Dr. Phibes films. Most of the film concerned a search for some missing microfilm...and was very confusing. The ending was ludicrous. Maybe a second viewing will help clarify the plot. [/color] [color=#ffffff][/color] [color=yellow]Born on the Fourth of July (1989, Oliver Stone) ****[/color] [color=white]Traditionally I have not been a fan of Tom Cruise or Oliver Stone, but this film single handedly may change that fact. Stunning cinematography. A tour de force for Cruise. Excruciatingly realistic depiction of war, from combat, to the field hospital, to the veteran's hospital, and beyond. [/color]

Jerry Killingsworth
Jerry Killingsworth

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