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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 One

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Cast

Henry Thomas
as Mr. Wells/Hank Williams
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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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (12)

The 1952 El Dorado represents Williams' success as a songwriter and country singer, but it also serves as his refuge from an increasingly chaotic life.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
indieWIRE
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Alas, "The Last Ride" doesn't deliver much insight into Williams or the lifestyle that killed him.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Seattle Times
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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 naïve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Arizona Republic
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Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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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
Variety
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Audience Reviews for The Last Ride

I'm a fan of roadtrip movies and this ones ok....Thomas does a solid job in this somewhat cumbersome scripted #true story.

bill secor
bill secor
½

"The Last Ride" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Mediocre) ... The Good: Henry Thomas carries the film and makes it remotely interesting with his portrayal of Hank Williams. The Bad: Extremely slow and drawn out. Hank Williams was an interesting guy, but the final car ride of his life alone isn't interesting enough for a film.

DC Edmonds
DC Edmonds
½

"The Last Ride" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Mediocre) ... The Good: Henry Thomas carries the film and makes it remotely interesting with his portrayal of Hank Williams. The Bad: Extremely slow and drawn out. Hank Williams was an interesting guy, but the final car ride of his life alone isn't interesting enough for a film.

DC Edmonds
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