Motion Picture Purgatory: MAHONEY’S LAST STAND (1972)

Probably best known for its soundtrack and lurid poster, MAHONEY’S LAST STAND is a bizarre and rarely seen Canadian cult drama from the dawn of the tax shelter era. Alexis Kanner’s eccentric back-to-nature feature is a vanity project of sorts that doesn’t drift too far from the Canadian “loser” narratives of the 1970s, as it tells the darkly comic story of a big city drop-out who decides to focus on planting peas and raising chickens, much to the surprise and scorn of his friends and family. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick uncovers this almost-forgotten slice of Canadiana that was only barely released back in the ’70s and remains largely MIA today. Rick sez: