A love story about a hard-luck cowboy and a trigger-happy incest victim, THE LAST RIDE tracks a star-crossed couple's inevitable demise with dreary, predictable results.
Rodeo champ Frank T. Wells (Mickey Rourke) is released from prison and tries to saddle up his career again. Nearby, Scarlett Stewart (Lori Singer), an automechanic, and her violent, possessive brother, Clem (Peter Berg), rob a bank. During the getaway, Clem kills three cops and a bank guard. The
cops track down the robbers. Scarlett escapes, but not before she sees a cop kill her brother. When Frank's truck breaks down, he rides a horse to get help and finds Scarlett hiding in a barn. She pulls a gun on him, but eventually ends up fixing his truck. Returning the favor, he offers her a
place to stay. The two quickly become intimate. But the climate is hardly romantic; Scarlett is a wanted woman prepared to kill any cop in her way. The pair go on the rodeo circuit. When Frank criticizes Scarlett for robbing a convenience store, she gets violent and reveals her incestuous
relationship with her brother. At a three-day rodeo, Scarlett declares it's the "first time I've ever felt alive." Not long after, she provokes a barroom brawl that lands Frank in jail. He gets out in time to ride, but a broken hand makes him a long shot to win. While Frank saddles up for the last
ride of the rodeo and winds up winning a $5,000 purse, Scarlett robs a bank. She gets shot after crashing into a cop car, but somehow manages to escape. Frank finds her and decides to take his critically injured lover, on horseback, to Canada. Scarlett dies on the way. Mounted police chase Frank
until a helicopter sniper kills him.
There's not much to like about THE LAST RIDE, other than some terrific Big Sky terrain. Mickey Rourke, who once displayed a convincing macho swagger in movies like BARFLY, does little more than let a smile flicker across his face. Lori Singer's Scarlett, blessed with automotive skills and physical
beauty, is an unsympathetic bundle of contradictions who hates her brother and the cops who killed him alike. But let's not blame the victim. The characters here are supposed to give each other a shot at redemption. Under Micheal Karbelnikoff's direction and Mari Kornhuaser's thin script, they're
shooting blanks from the get-go. (Nudity, violence, extreme profanity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: R
- Review: A love story about a hard-luck cowboy and a trigger-happy incest victim, THE LAST RIDE tracks a star-crossed couple's inevitable demise with dreary, predictable results. Rodeo champ Frank T. Wells (Mickey Rourke) is released from prison and tries to saddl… (more)