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The Last Wave (1977)


David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is a successful Sydney tax lawyer who takes on the defence of five Aboriginal men charged with killing another Aboriginal man. As the city is deluged with rain, Burton recognises that he has seen one of the accused, Chris Lee (David Gulpilil) before – in a recurring dream. Lee and an older Aboriginal man (Nandjiwarra Amagula) refuse to cooperate with the court case because the killing concerns sacred and secret objects belonging to a local tribe. As the weather gets worse, Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.