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The Last Castle (2001)

A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

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Duffy (as Samuel Ball)
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Maurice Bullard ...
Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich ...
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When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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A castle can only have one king

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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19 October 2001 (USA)  »

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$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,088,213 (USA) (19 October 2001)

Gross:

$18,208,078 (USA) (14 December 2001)
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Trivia

During filming breaks James Gandolfini often played chess, which was a theme throughout the movie. Robert Redford read a dictionary or tossed around a baseball or football. See more »

Goofs

When the Colonel is looking out his window to see a helicopter fly by, the American Flag is not moving, even though there is a helicopter flying right next to it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Irwin: Take a look at a castle. Any castle. Now break down the key elements that make it a castle. They haven't changed in a thousand years. 1: Location. A site on high ground that commands the territory as far as the eye can see. 2: Protection. Big walls, walls strong enough to withstand a frontal attack. 3: A garrison. Men who are trained and willing to kill. 4: A flag. You tell your men you are soldiers and that's your flag. You tell them nobody takes our flag. And you raise that flag ...
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Referenced in The Ring Two (2005) See more »

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Get Behind the Mule
Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan
Performed by John Hammond
Courtesy of Pointblank Records/Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Redford has the ability to fade
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Redford's ability to fade into a character is profound. Sometimes an actor who has been in the business a very long time will become larger than any role he plays... John Wayne for example (with a couple of exceptions). He becomes Eugene Irwin in this movie. This movie isn't about Redford's character, just like "The Legend of Bagger Vance" isn't really about Bagger Vance. The Last Castle is about honor to one's self and honor among soldiers, even if they are prisoners. James Gandolfini's portrayal of a colonel who knows nothing of this honor or brotherhood is excellent. He makes you despise his character. Colonel Winters is a deeply disturbing study of corrupt power and jealousy of others' glory. A fine ensemble cast of characters make this movie well worth watching.


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