GenreAction, Drama, Thriller NetworkUSA Network WriterRob Cohen, Ron McGee LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 2, 2004 CastWill Patton, Fred Ward, Dennis Hopper Similar moviesDennis Hopper appears in The Last Ride and directed Catchfire
The Last Ride is an American TV action drama directed by Guy Norman Bee and starring Dennis Hopper, Will Patton, Chris Carmack, Nadine Velazquez and Fred Ward. The story for the film was written by Rob Cohen, well known for directing another automotive action film, The Fast and the Furious (2001).
The movie premiered on June 2, 2004 on the USA Network and, at the time of its release, was primarily used by General Motors to market the new Pontiac GTO. During late 2004 and early 2005, it was also released in several countries outside the United States, mostly as a straight-to-DVD movie.
In 1970, robber Ronnie Purnell is arrested after a robbery and jailed for more than 30 years. Since Purnell's wife was killed during the chase with the police, California Highway Patrol Officer Darryl Kurtz took care of their son Aaron. When Ronnie is released from jail, he decides to take vengeance on Darryl. Aaron has also become a cop and doesn't want to hear about his father anymore, but Aaron's son Matthew is fascinated by his grandfather's past and decides to help him to find his old car, a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, in which he stashed a key for a safe containing evidence against Darryl.
The 1969 version was recreated from either a Tempest or a LeMans model. It was auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 18, 2009.