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Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)

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Summary: A terminal "road-movie," Last Chants single-mindedly follows the path of its central character, Tom Bates, through an unspecified period of time as he talks to a hitch-hiker and then throws him out of his truck, visits his wife and has a fierce argument with her, talks to a man in a breakfast cafe, picks up a woman in a bar and has a one night stand with her... (jon-jost.com)

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

Directed By: Jon Jost

Written By: Jon Jost

Starring: Tom Blair, Wayne Crouse, Jessica St. John, Steve Voorheis

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Last Chants for a Slow Dance belongs to 9 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 161 stars)
2. Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 1000 Movies (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 32 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
4. Best of criticker: Drama (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 6 stars)
5. Jonathan Rosenbaum's Alternative Top 100 (public: moderated by undinum - 5 stars)
6. 501 Movie Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 1 star)
7. Music By Director (public: moderated by undinum - 1 star)
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