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  • Summary: He called himself Luke the Drifter. He pioneered, and pretty much invented what we know today as country music. At the peak of his career, he was acknowledged to be the greatest singer-songwriter in American history. But after a meteoric rise to record and radio super-stardom in the lateHe called himself Luke the Drifter. He pioneered, and pretty much invented what we know today as country music. At the peak of his career, he was acknowledged to be the greatest singer-songwriter in American history. But after a meteoric rise to record and radio super-stardom in the late 1940's, the man had made a train wreck of his life. Drugs, alcohol, and a hair-trigger temper had ended two marriages, ruined a host of friendships and made the tortured genius a virtual untouchable in the music business. So at the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right, and begin the long road back. He booked New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio, and hired a local kid who didn't even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him there from Montgomery Alabama. No one else wanted the job. He never got there. Somewhere on that last highway, the country music legend passed away on New Year's Day, 1953, in the back of his powder blue Cadillac, carrying only his guitar and a notebook full of unfinished songs. He was 29. Inspired by the mysterious final days Hank Williams' mercurial life, The Last Ride is the story of that final drive through the bleak Appalachian countryside of 1950's America. A lonely two-man odyssey; a boy coming of age, and a man leaving this world way before his time, a victim of his own abuses. (Mozark Productions) Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 19, 2012
    75
    It's a fascinating film that I enjoyed thoroughly.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jul 26, 2012
    70
    Unlike, say, Val Kilmer's Jim Morrison in "The Doors," Thomas makes no attempt to create a convincing facsimile of Hank Williams, which is just as well, since he bears little resemblance to the sinewy singer.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    It portrays Williams in a generally sympathetic light without whitewashing his vice-loving, belligerent ways or mythologizing them in a bid for postmortem psychoanalysis.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script. Cover versions of Williams's songs - several sung by his daughter, Jett - remind us why he mattered, even as the movie fails to do the same.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, The Last Ride really goes nowhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    Thomas offers particularly fine work, but the underwritten script, which relies too much on sentimentality, gives him little to do.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 19, 2012
    25
    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.

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