HOLLYWOOD—The life of legendary country artist Hank Williams is depicted in “The Last Ride,” which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast including Henry Thomas (“E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial”), Jesse James (“Jumper”), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), Fred Dalton Thompson (“Law & Order”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Californication”), this powerful drama retraces the final days of a true American icon.
Based on the controversial life story of singer-songwriter, “The Last Ride” tells the powerful tale of country music’s original bad boy. The man, the myth and the music come together when Williams travels from Alabama to a series of New Year’s shows in West Virginia and Ohio. It’s a journey that leads straight into the heart and soul of the legendary performer as he takes one last shot at redemption. This biopic features all-new versions of Hank Williams’ greatest songs.
With 11 number one songs throughout his career, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Williams’ music continues to touch people’s lives long after his passing 60 years ago. (His son and grandson also are prominent country music entertainers.)
Former President Bill Clinton has said of “The Last Ride” that it “takes us back to rural America in the 1950s, tells the story simply, and uses the music deftly, both to intensify the drama and to remind us of the timeless genius of Hank Williams.” Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee added “it’s a beautifully crafted and creative vehicle for telling the story of almost every gifted musician or actor who must reconcile the desire within to simply be a great artist and the demands of the public to be an accessible and accommodating celebrity.”
“The Last Ride” Blu-ray and DVD includes a making-of featurette.