The Last Wave
The Last Wave (1977)

Peter Weir directed this illusory examination between "reality" and "dream-time" and a possible coming tidal wave that will destroy the world. Richard Chamberlain plays David Burton, a young Australian lawyer who is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Weir's touristy vision is strictly from the outside looking in.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's plenty of floods, thunderheads, cars submerged in water and heavy downpours to get yourself all wet on.

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Boxoffice Magazine

An interesting mixture of dreams and reality, of occult Aborigine tribal rituals and of modern-day Sydney.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Its creepiness is undeniable, and it seems far less dated than many late 1970s films.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a unique film that bears the uneven, yet genuine, traces of a deeply felt work not entirely settled

Carlo Cavagna

Similar to Weir's previous film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, but not as powerful

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Startling and mesmerizing Australian film about aborigines, nature and dreamtime.

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TV Guide

Weir does a fine job of weaving real events with dream sequences, as well as capturing the aboriginal perspective.

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Pierluigi Puccini
A haunting character study about a pragmatic man who slowly becomes a believer the hard way. Engulfed by visions that connect him with the mysteries of the… More
Daniel Dolgin
Peter Weir's, The Last Wave is filled with spiritual symbolism to demonstrate the tension between Australia's white man and the Aboriginal people. The… More
A.D. Villarreal
Eerie apocalyptic thriller based loosely on Aboriginal mythology and with a none too subtle commentary on man's treatment of the planet. Weir's best… More
El Hombre Invisible
Peter Weir is known for some excellent Hollywood commercial films such as Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously and Master and Commander, but earlier in his… More

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