The Last Wave
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Peter Weir follows up on his critically acclaimed masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock with this surrealist psychological drama. The film opens with a freak hailstorm in Australia's outback. Cut to David Burton (Richard Chamberlain), a well-to-do Sydney corporate lawyer plagued by visions of impending doom who is assigned to defend five accused of murdering a fellow Aborigine. The case itself proves to be mysterious -- no exact cause of death can be determined by the pathologist, and the accused remain strangely tight-lipped about the whole affair. As his visions grow increasingly weird and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weir's touristy vision is strictly from the outside looking in."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"There's plenty of floods, thunderheads, cars submerged in water and heavy downpours to get yourself all wet on."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An interesting mixture of dreams and reality, of occult Aborigine tribal rituals and of modern-day Sydney."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"Its creepiness is undeniable, and it seems far less dated than many late 1970s films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a unique film that bears the uneven, yet genuine, traces of a deeply felt work not entirely settled"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Similar to Weir's previous film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, but not as powerful"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Startling and mesmerizing Australian film about aborigines, nature and dreamtime."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Weir does a fine job of weaving real events with dream sequences, as well as capturing the aboriginal perspective."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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