George C Scott is my Grandad, well he has always reminded me of him, the look and mannerisms make him a close doppelganger. So whenever I get to see George C Scott in a new to me film I can’t help but feel the love for my Grandad.
The Last Run is a soundtrack in my record collection by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, among a million scores, the Star Trek franchise has to be his most famous but other examples of his work are Total Recall, Planet Of The Apes and a ton for The Man From Uncle series.
Now The Last Run score might not be a masterpiece by any long shot but I have a great fondness for it. It bubbles with funky moments with full on strings to quick tempo switches to incidental little ditties which feature a local vibe of the European country we get to travel around. It suits the film down to a tee.
George C Scott plays aging Chicago specialist getaway driver Harry Garmes. He’s been out the game for nine years, retiring to a small little fishing village in Portugal. He still loves and maintains his suped up 1956 BMW 503 Cabriolet ready just in case. And guess what our Harry is awoken from his retirement with a new contract, one that involves picking up an escaped convicted killer called Paul Rickard (Tony Mustante). The mission is to take him through Spain to France.
Now Rickard is a cocky arrogant annoyance who makes Harry change the plans so he can pick up his gorgeous sexy girlfriend Claudie Scherrer (Trish Van Devere). Harry and Rickard butt heads together as they both show who’s in charge and Claudie directs them with her womanly charms.
Tagline – It was his first job in 9 years. Drive a young killer from Spain to the south of France. No one told him about the extra passenger, the girl or the seven men trying to kill them all.
With gangsters after them, a few double crosses and the police from all boarders racing around after them, can our Harry keep his nerve whilst he drives his beloved car around hair bend corners atop of mountains and cliff faces.
Apparently John Huston was set to direct the film from Scottish screenwriter Alan Sharp who also wrote Night Moves, Rob Roy and Damnation Alley!! Huston had had a run in with George C Scott on the set of The Bible: In the Beginning and did a runner rather than have another bust up I guess. So in came director Richard Fleischer to pick up the baton. He had just completed the amazing Pearl Harbor film Tora Tora Tora.
I really enjoyed this movie but I read it got a lot of heat when it was released. I’m probably biased as I like the soundtrack and my Grandad stars. I feel it could make a good companion piece to the similar European gangster road movie, the superior The Hit with John Hurt.
If it’s your thing, The Last Run is worth tracking down for a watch. The mellow intro is on this Youtube link. Keep it all things filmy, Mikey Wolfie