The Last Ride

  • 1991
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

Those who endured the vicious 1986 thriller THE HITCHER may find THE LAST RIDE, its woodenly acted clone, worth a few laughs. Convict Michael Smith (Daniel P. Ranger), wrongly imprisoned for eight years, is scornfully paroled. The guards steal his cash, so Michael has to hitchhike to freedom. Alas, the long-haired driver who picks him up is Philip Holtman...read more

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Those who endured the vicious 1986 thriller THE HITCHER may find THE LAST RIDE, its woodenly acted clone, worth a few laughs.

Convict Michael Smith (Daniel P. Ranger), wrongly imprisoned for eight years, is scornfully paroled. The guards steal his cash, so Michael has to hitchhike to freedom. Alas, the long-haired driver who picks him up is Philip Holtman (Michael Regis Hilow), a maniac who commits random murder before

Michael's horrified eyes. Submoronic cops blame the hapless parolee and hunt Michael while Philip continues his reign of terror. Finally a psychotherapist, Dr. Jim Rouchet (Renn Richards), shows up to exonerate Michael, and the two take off to confront the madman, who's menacing pretty

hash-slinger Debbie (Amy Newhavic), sweetheart of the highway patrol. The stiffly staged finale clumsily injects a fate-vs-free-will theme; for that and the brief running time the viewer can be dubiously thankful, although the end credits crawl at a glacier's pace to pad out the picture's length.

As the killer, Robert De Niro look-alike Michael Regis Hilow is at his most menacing in his quieter moments. Unfortunately he spends much of the time spouting the dumb dialogue, which is as badly overdubbed as it is written. THE LAST RIDE was filmed in Washington State, a change of venue for the

fecund Action International Pictures, much of whose direct-to-video fodder are made in or around Mobile, Alabama. (Violence, excessive profanity, adult situations.)

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Those who endured the vicious 1986 thriller THE HITCHER may find THE LAST RIDE, its woodenly acted clone, worth a few laughs. Convict Michael Smith (Daniel P. Ranger), wrongly imprisoned for eight years, is scornfully paroled. The guards steal his cash,… (more)

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