John Wright is a quiet and pensive ex-Olympian who can’t let go of his past.
An all-state wrestler in high school and an All-American in college, John was poised to become one of the greatest wrestlers in history when he claimed Olympic gold as a young man, only to have his medal stripped following a drug test.
That was years ago, but John still hasn’t forgiven himself. In fact, he’s rarely visited the small town that made him famous.
But his mother recently died, and John now must return to his hometown to sort through her belongings and to tend to her ranch.
It’s a visit that will force John to confront his mistakes and the people who never forgave him. Not surprisingly, it’s a visit that John dreads.
The new film The Last Champion (PG), now on home video, follows Wright as he faces his past mistakes while searching for a new purpose in life. Eventually, he encounters an old romantic interest, Elizabeth, and is given the opportunity to coach the high school wrestling team. Yet John soon faces an ethical dilemma that tests his values.
Will he find redemption in his old town?
The film stars Cole Hauser (Yellowstone) as Wright, Annika Marks (Waco) as Elizabeth, Peter Onorati (This Is Us) as a high school coach, and Hallie Todd (Lizzy McGuire) as a wrestler’s parent.
Here are four things you should know about the film:
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