The Last Ride
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"Alas, "The Last Ride" doesn't deliver much insight into Williams or the lifestyle that killed him."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A romantic "what-if" version of the story, interesting only as a cultural artifact...dramatically inert"
‑ Eric Melin,
"Alabama teen drives country-music star Hank Williams on his fatal trip to a concert in West Virginia. Squeaky-clean period tale is well-mounted but thin."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The Last Ride doesn't give us a complete picture of Hank Williams. But it does ably illustrate the final days of his life."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Henry Thomas shows he beat the child star jinx with his heartfelt portrayal of Hank Williams."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"A typical wax-museum reproduction of the American South in which every detail is Southern in bold all caps, and not a single scene over the course of the film's 102 minutes rings true."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"James does a fine job of portraying a na´ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The Last Ride squanders its potential, much like its tragic subject."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"... an evocation of an era, of a lost-highway America evidenced today only in the roadside ruins of old service stations and downtown hotels, of a South before it was swamped by leveling and homogenizing waves of globalization and television."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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