The Last Ride (2011 film)

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The Last Ride
Directed byHarry Thomason
Written byHoward Klausner
Dub Cornett
StarringHenry Thomas
Jesse James
Fred Dalton Thompson
Distributed byCategory One Entertainment Group
Release date
October 21, 2011
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$27,000[1]

The Last Ride is a 2011 American drama about the last days of country music pioneer and legend Hank Williams. The film stars Henry Thomas, Jesse James, and Fred Dalton Thompson, and received a limited release on October 21, 2011.[2][3]

Despite the content, no recordings by Williams are ever played during the film. The soundtrack is composed of covers of Williams' songs among other country musicians.


The film centers around the final days of Hank Williams' life when he was being driven by a young auto mechanic to his New Year's Eve shows in West Virginia and Ohio. The film chronicles their relations, their adventures, and Williams' personal problems, which later resulted in his death on January 1, 1953.

Principal Cast[edit]


The soundtrack was released under Curb Records, the company that also employed Williams' son Hank Williams, Jr. and his grandson Hank Williams III up until 2011.[4]

  • The Last Ride Theme – Benjy Gaither
  • Hey Good Lookin’ – Jett Williams
  • Honky Tonk Man – Russ Taff
  • Keep on the Sunny Side – Rebecca Frazier
  • I Will Marry You – Wes Hampton
  • It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels – Sarah Johns
  • Cold, Cold Heart – Doug Anderson
  • The Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Clyde Wright & The Incredible Golden Gates
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Michael English
  • Longing – Jett Williams
  • Footprints – Benjy Gaither
  • I’m Winging My Way Back Home – The Blackwood Brothers
  • Can’t Help It If I’m Still in Love with You – Jett Williams
  • On I Down the Road – Val Storey
  • Chino – Nathan Young
  • Ilene – Nathan Young
  • What Ya Gonna Do – Nathan Young
  • Tennessee Waltz – Nathan Young
  • O Come Angel Band – The Isaacs
  • Hank Williams’ Blues – Jett Williams
  • The Night Hank Williams Came to Town – Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings
  • The Last Ride – Tony Ramey


The film has received mixed reviews, with a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes as of 2013.


  1. ^ "The Last Ride". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "The Last Ride (2012)". IMDb.
  3. ^ "". The Last Ride. External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "The Last Ride (Soundtrack)". Amazon.

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