The Last Ride (2004 film)

This article is about the 2004 film. For other uses, see The Last Ride.
The Last Ride

DVD cover
Written by Rob Cohen
Ron McGee
Directed by Guy Norman Bee
Starring Dennis Hopper
Will Patton
Fred Ward
Nadine Velazquez
Chris Carmack
Theme music composer Frankie Blue
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Rob Cohen
Oscar L. Costo
Michele Greco
Angela Mancuso
Judith Craig Marlin
Bruce Mellon
Running time 85 minutes
Original network USA Network
Original release June 2, 2004

The Last Ride is an American TV action drama directed by Guy Norman Bee and starring Dennis Hopper, Will Patton, Nadine Velazquez and Fred Ward. The story for the movie was written by Rob Cohen, well known for directing another automotive action movie, The Fast and the Furious.

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.

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