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The Last Adventure

Released 1969
Distributor Universal Pictures

Although this bittersweet French adventure-drama was one of Alain Delon’s biggest domestic hits in 1967, it was dumped onto double bills by US distributor Universal two years later and is undeservedly obscure today. Director Robert Enrico, perhaps best known to American audiences for the short film Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, directs Delon, Lino Ventura and Joanna Shimkus as three amiable losers who strike out on a misbegotten search for buried treasure.  Unavailable on home video, it’s a little gem. Remade as a 1974 Japanese production titled The Homeless.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.