The Last Chase (1981)


In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that “the oil has run out”, an increasingly totalitarian central government has ordered all personal vehicles be impounded by law. One man, a former race car driver, yearns again for his ability to choose his own roads and destiny. He reassembles his race car hidden from confiscation, and sets out for “Free California” which has broken away from the new regime, aided by a young technically savvy teen who feels alienated from this “social” society. 

Director: Martyn Burke.
Stars: Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith, Chris Makepeace, Alexandra Stewart, Diane D’Aquila, George Touliatos, Harvey Atkin, Ben Gordon, Hugh Webster, Deborah Burgess, Trudy Young, Moses Znaimer, DOug Lennox, Paul Amato, Warren Van Evera.


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  1. UHF
    July 30, 2022

    Somewhat disappointing despite the resources available. Some very poor directorial decisions and the story line jumped oddly around 1:09:00.

  2. Wayne Keeler
    December 31, 2022

    $899? Dang. This was constantly played on cable in the early 1980s and I saw it easily a half dozen times. Not at all a good film, but to a 13 year old, it was sufficient!
    I’ll try watching it again now, but have my expectations appropriately lowered!

  3. Zor
    March 19, 2023

    The plot plays out like modern day USA under the illegal Biden Cabal. It was ahead of it’s time.

  4. TruthSeeker
    December 12, 2023

    This film was quite prescient. It predates the global warming hysteria, so the ban on cars was predicated on the old scarcity trope that we’ve “run out of oil”.

    It was also made at a time when California was deep red politically. So much so in fact, that it was an entirely credible story line to portray California as the last bastion of individual freedom, seceding from an increasingly dictatorial nation.

    The film has been moth balled by the establishment because few movies demonstrate just how far we have fallen as a nation better than “The Last Chase”.

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