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The Last Wave Details


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 intense, Burton sees in his dream one of the five Aborigines, Chris (David Gulpili of Walkabout fame), who is drenched and clutching a sacred rock. Burton's interest in the case slides into complete obsession, and he comes to believe that not only was the murder related to an underground urban tribe of Aborigines but that Australia is about to be decimated by a massive, apocalyptic tidal wave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 1978


Richard Chamberlain
as David
Olivia Hamnett
as Anne Burton
David Gulpilil
as Chris Lee
Frederick Parslow
as Rev. Burton
Greg Rowe
as Carl
Athol Compton
as Billy Corman
Peter Carroll
as Michael Zeadler
Roy Bara
as Larry
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
as Guest at party
Vivean Gray
as Dr. Whitburn
Wallas Eaton
as Morgue Doctor
Walter Amagula
as Gerry Lee
Cedric Lalara
as Lindsey
Hedley Cullen
as Judge
Jo England
as Babysitter
John Frawley
as Policeman
John Meagher
as Morgue Clerk
Malcolm Robertson
as Don Fishburn
Michael Duffield
as Andrew Potter
Morris Lalara
as Jacko


Peter Weir
James McElroy
Hal McElroy
Peter Weir
Petru Popescu
Tony Morphett
Russell Boyd
Max Lemon
Neil Angwin
Art Director
Annie Bleakley
Costume Designer
John Seale
Camera Operator