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The Last Race is a movie starring Marty Berger, Barbara Cromarty, and Jim Cromarty. A sumptuous Sundance doc depicting the Long Island birthplace of stock car racing where only one track remains. Located on prime real estate, the...

Documentary, Sport
Michael Dweck
Bob Finan, Marty Berger, Barbara Cromarty, Jim Cromarty

All Systems Operational

Product details

Genres Documentary, Sport
Director Michael Dweck
Writer Gregory Kershaw, Michael Dweck
Stars Bob Finan, Marty Berger, Barbara Cromarty, Jim Cromarty
Country USA
Also Known As Blunderbust
Runtime 1 h 15 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description A sumptuous Sundance doc depicting the Long Island birthplace of stock car racing where only one track remains. Located on prime real estate, the real tors are circling. The property is worth millions and only the love and integrity of the track's community and elderly owners keep the bulldozers at bay. Stunning cinematography immerses us in the intimate world of grassroots racing, at a time when its future is in the balance. Can this great blue collar American pastime survive?

Top reviews

Sunday, 05 Apr 2020 05:32

I have just finished watching "The Last Race", a documentary about the Grand Prix that took place in the Czech Republic in 1969, to a movie I was familiar with, the 1994 "Trilogy of Death" (TOD). As the last words of the title of the film, it will make you think about what a period of time these races really were and what problems they caused. The races were not the famous races where you can see cars smashing each other into the dirt, but they were a lot more important than the track itself. The most important thing to remember in these races was not the cars, but the people who were there and what they did, and they took their own lives as a result of these races. I think the acting in the film was quite well done and it gives you a sense of the races being the most important thing that people did. The production quality was very good as well, with the large-scale documentary films you get a feeling that the people who made the film really went to this place. The local people speak their language and look different than in other parts of Europe, and it makes it much more interesting. One thing I noticed in the film is the situation regarding the men who lost their lives. I find the way they speak about the events that happened is quite unusual. It is rather silent and there is some kind of detachment from the pain and the impact of what happened, which makes it all the more realistic. Overall, I enjoyed this movie very much and would recommend it to anyone.
Monday, 30 Mar 2020 05:23

It's been a long time since I've seen a movie about world athletics, so when I found out there was a new one being made about the Olympics, I was intrigued. How do you keep up with the Olympics? I like the way the filmmakers used music to express emotions, and I enjoyed seeing the athletes competing, particularly those competing in the individual sports (rugby, hockey, soccer, swimming, track & field). As a parent, I have watched my kids compete in the Olympics and I understand how a sports fan would enjoy this. I was surprised at how well the movie portrayed athletes with low self-esteem. I believe that a sports fan has the same concern for athletes who struggle with academics and show no remorse for cheating. My first question was, "How many of the athletes in the movie are still active, and how do you know?" The short answer: None, but all of them are currently active. And I'm still in touch with many of them. I felt that the athletes' speeches were a little bit predictable at times, but I was glad that the director went into more depth on some of the athletes' lives and personal stories. I appreciate that the filmmakers used a more comprehensive look at each of the athletes and their lives. Another issue I had was with the transitions in some of the segments. I was watching the movie in Spanish and Spanish subtitles were often in the background, which was annoying. I also noticed that the transitions were not well synced. There was a lot of jarring of each of the segments. I would recommend the movie, but only if you have some background in the Olympics, and you would be interested in understanding how the athletes' lives compare to the average person's. At least at first, I was, but as the movie progressed I began to feel that the transitions were becoming annoying.
Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 18:29

This is a really interesting documentary on the interesting world of Burt Munro. It's mostly a collection of clips from his racing days, plus some discussion with Munro, his wife and children. The pacing is good, and there's a lot of things to see and hear, and a lot to say. There are a lot of fine interviews, and Munro himself is very interesting, and you get to see that he really does have a strong will and an amazing personality. It's a fun and interesting documentary, but it's a little uneven in tone. It's very serious, and everything about it is very earnest. Some of the stuff is painful to watch, and some of it is not very interesting. The place where it falls a little short is the race itself. For example, Munro refuses to discuss his race record. The races he chooses to talk about are the 1969 Ironman in Taiwan and the 1995 Olympic Trials in Barcelona, which were both fine, but this one is in Poland and was really the highlight of his racing career. Munro is not asked about it, and it's all we get to see of his later races in Europe and the U.S. (Munro was an American). It would have been nice to have seen more discussion about this race and more talk about his career, especially since he's not seen much of it since that day in 1970, except for one week in 1978 when he was working with the Canadian mountain bike team. There are some good things about the film, such as Munro's great sense of humor and his reputation as one of the best and most entertaining racers of all time. But it's not as well-done as it should be, and the tone is too serious, but also too entertaining. It's like watching a short documentary on a certain person, but the subject is too serious, so it's not very entertaining. There's a lot of stuff that I thought was very interesting, but it's not interesting enough to be as good as it could have been. The audience will love this, the audience will hate this, but if you're interested in a good documentary about one of the most charismatic and interesting racers of all time, check it out.
Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 07:32

What are you thinking? Take my word for it: this film is about a man's journey into the 'unfair world' of the National Cycling Team. You know the cliche: the rich play by the book and the poor beg for scraps. That's what this film is about. The Man (David Braben) is a senior member of the British Cycling Team and he has been doing it for 20 years. He has enjoyed success, even the trophy that his team has won over the years. But the time has come to tell his story. The BBC wanted to do a film about the man and so they enlisted a team of veterans and one former champion. The result is this film that really reveals what a farcical thing the world of cycling really is. It is a sport where the top riders (Braben, Peter Sagan and Chris Froome) go into unchartered territory, far from the powerhouses of cycling and that's where they learn. The road to the top is full of potholes, hiccups and, of course, ego. And the Team Man goes into battle with it. All the power and the wealth go into the battle and none of the money goes to the poor, which is just about everyone else. It is a world where stars trade blows and will do anything to become the best. The whole film is dedicated to the concept of the Team Man and the crazy concept of the cycling team. It is about the idea of a team as a lifestyle, it's about how the Team Man has his own way of life and his own world. It's about men who want to be on top and men who don't care what others think of them. It's about a world that's out of control. But what makes this film special is its cast and the men involved. Each has a different experience and takes on the project with a different mindset. The lead actor Braben is certainly a veteran of the sport, a man who knows what he's talking about and is arguably the biggest star of the sport today. But then again, he has that certain quality to him that makes him a force to be reckoned with and it's here that his role is the most important. The acting of the actors in this film is also superb. We see great character actors like Helen Bonham Carter and Barry Humphries and then the supporting cast like Mark Furness, Anthony Head, Jim Carrey, Peter Kay and even Thomas Dolby. It is also interesting to see former champions like Chris Hoy and Tom Latham and even former National Champion Ben Swift all putting in great performances. The team in this film is not perfect and some of the team names should have been avoided (the current Olympic champion was good, for example, but didn't have the pomp that was part of the original team) but there is a whole lot of cycling in this film. The film is a tight, insightful look at a sport that exists in a grey area. We see all the highs and lows and it is fascinating. And if you want a feeling of what cycling really is, this film is for you.
Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 12:08

The first half of this documentary is about the London Cyclist Campaign and is based on that campaign. The second half is about what the campaign was trying to achieve, and how the BBC, SPEED and BBC2 and other London media could have helped this campaign succeed. The race itself was shown on SPEED but it's not really mentioned. The race was live on television but there was no news bulletins or anything. It was basically a bunch of people going around the streets of London, sometimes racing each other, sometimes on a bike and sometimes in cars, sometimes alone. It was just a bunch of people going round the streets of London, interacting and being human in a completely different way than racing was ever meant to be. The Race was about the old idea of the great battle between the poor and the rich, and the idealistic message of the campaign. As well as the races, there was footage from the Manchester and Cambridge races as well as from the 2008 version of the 'race'. As well as this, there was footage of people all over the world, including in the UK, watching the race on television. They could hear the announcers calling out the names of the riders, so it was a clear message that this race mattered, as well as people on the street saying they'd watched it, many more that the BBC kept asking. After seeing this race, it seemed like the people in the room would have liked it, but it was really a once in a lifetime opportunity for them. It was like being in an exclusive club, or even being in a high class restaurant, and when the group was all together, it was like sitting at a table with a great group of people. The fact that they'd all been in the same boat at the beginning of the race, so many of them would have been cheering, would have been a great thing to experience. The majority of the footage, that was shown, was during the race. This is fine, as it gives the viewer a feel for the atmosphere. The races were shown as if they were real people racing, and the graphics and sounds made it feel like we were watching a race. It was like watching a race on TV and real people racing. As well as these races, there was also footage of people in London all over the world watching the race. In particular, one person in the film, Michael Davidson, was at the starting line, and when he got off the bus, he said something like, 'He's a fucking genius'. He was so in love with the race that he had a fan club, and he had a contact in the BBC to tell him how to promote it. It was amazing that Michael had the balls to do that and make it so amazing. Overall, this film was good, but it wasn't good enough. There's still so much to tell. The documentary was really focused on the London Cyclist Campaign and had a good idea of what the campaign was about, but it was just not clear enough, as it would have been good if we could have heard more from the other people who were involved, and what the messages were, to see how it affected them personally. There were many people who have participated in the London Cyclist Campaign, but they didn't have the opportunity to tell us the message they were trying to send, and tell us about their experiences. As well as this, there were some other messages about the race itself, like that it was not about racing, but people being in a great race, like cycling. Many other messages were too vague, like that it was about seeing who was the best cyclist, but the message was not clear enough

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