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Movie premiere: THE LAST RIDE

A story of Hank Williams, music’s original bad boy

Saturday June 2 @ 7:30
Sunday June 3rd matinee at 2:00

All tickets $7.00, available at Harbor Drug and Books on 7th in Hoquiam, Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door one-half hour before the movie

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 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.

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.

Rated PG-13 Thematic element: Some language, a fight and smoking.

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One comment on “Movie premiere: THE LAST RIDE

  1. By Marisa Salzer
    The Vidette
    When the story about the film, “The Last Ride” went to press Wednesday, the star of the show, Henry Thomas, called me back — just as I was reading it — hot off of the press. Thomas apologized for missing my deadline, but while I had him on the line, I asked if I could ask him a few questions about the film, and proceeded to have a really nice conversation about the story and the filming from his perspective.
    The film tells the story about final three days of Hank Williams Sr.’s life before he died at the age of 29, alone, in the backseat of his car. It is directed by Harry Thomason, written by Howie Klausner and stars Henry Thomas, Jesse James, Fred Dalton Thompson and Kaley Cuoco.
    Thomas has had an active career in the performance arts since his first movie at the age of 10. He is well known for starring in the blockbuster, E.T. (he played the character Elliott). In addition to films and T.V., he is a musician. Thomas spoke a little bit about his music, he writes songs and plays the guitar. He might have been a little bit modest because his director said that he also has a band and does tours around the country.
    When approached by Harry Thomason, the director of “The Last Ride,” to be a part of the film, Thomas was already familiar with Hank Williams’ work. He grew up in Texas and his dad’s family is from Alabama.
    “What was special about it (the story) was that it showed Hank as a wounded guy … I mean, he died in the back seat of his car,” Thomas added with an incredulous laugh.
    Thomas said one of the reasons he agreed to do the film, was because the story portrayed Hank as a person instead of a superstar, an idea he can personally relate to. For example, he said, when there’s a car accident, everyone always sees what happened, but not who the people were in the accident.
    When asked about how he expects moviegoers to react to the film, he said, “it was really interesting to me to see the reactions.” In particular are those die-hard Hank fans. As the film continues to reach a broader spectrum of viewers, he is anxious to see how people interpret it. “It is a story, no one really knows what happened” to Williams in those final days, he explained.

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