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The Last Castle -- His service to his country made him a hero. One mistake made him a prisoner. For General Eugene Irwin (Redford), it's just a matter of serving out his sentence - until he makes the shocking discovery that his fellow inmates are being murdered.
The Last Castle -- A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.


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Robert Redford ... Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin

James Gandolfini ... Col. Winter

Mark Ruffalo ... Yates

Steve Burton ... Capt. Peretz

Delroy Lindo ... Gen. Wheeler

Paul Calderon ... Dellwo

Sam Ball ... Duffy (as Samuel Ball)

Jeremy Childs ... Cutbush

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
George W. Scott ... Thumper

Brian Goodman ... Beaupre

Michael Irby ... Enriquez
Frank Military ... Doc Lee Bernard
Maurice Bullard ... Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich ... Pvt. Niebolt

David Alford ... Cpl. Zamorro

Dean Hall ... Harris
Peg Allen ... Sheila Kelly
Rick Vito ... Red Team Leader
Forrest D. Bradford ... Simmons

Scott Michael ... Gunton
Dean Miller ... Carvelli

Kristen Shaw ... Prison Clerk

Michael Q. Davis ... Honor Guard (as Michael Davis)
Joe Keenan ... Lester, Trustee #1

David Chattam ... Wheeler's Aide
Dan Cole ... Trustee #2
Hans Mooy ... Sgt. Moore
James-Justone-Thomas ... Rapper (as James Jerome Thomas)

Steve Sandfort ... Inmate
Jamie Roberto Mantecon ... Inmate
Jeffery G. Fagan ... Inmate
Lyon Fleming ... Inmate
Darius Willis ... Inmate
Rico Moody ... Inmate

Rocky Abou-Sakher ... Inmate
Sean Cameron ... Guard

Mary Jean Bentley ... Visitor #1 (as Mary Jean McAdams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kathryn Morris ... DOD Investigator (scenes deleted)

Ray Beasley ... Inmate (uncredited)
Matt Blake ... Guard (uncredited)
Matthew Blake ... Guard (uncredited)
Josh Croft ... Inmate (uncredited)
Michael Dinwiddie ... Guard / Red Team / Color Guard (uncredited)

Johnny Dowers ... Guard (uncredited)
Jason Drago ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Jamie Dundee ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Frank Fox ... Auggie (uncredited)
John Hanlin ... Roof Guard (uncredited)

Matt Mangum ... Pvt. Patton (uncredited)
David Powledge ... Guard (uncredited)
Brett Quinn ... Courtyard inmate (uncredited)
Austin Sanders ... Inmate (uncredited)
Dusty Shaffer ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Toni Tardino ... Visitor #2 (uncredited)

Phillip Trammel ... Neighboring Inmate (uncredited)

Michelle Way ... Color Guard / Prison guard (uncredited)
Steven Woodring ... Inmate (uncredited)

Robin Wright ... Rosalie Irwin (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Lurie 
Writing credits
David Scarpa (story)

David Scarpa (screenplay) and
Graham Yost (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Lawrence .... producer
Don Zepfel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Shelly Johnson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Jablow 
Kevin Stitt 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Kirk M. Petruccelli 
Art Direction by
Lawrence A. Hubbs 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May 
Eloise Crane Stammerjohn 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Bert Reo Anderson .... assistant hair stylist
Maureen Anstey .... makeup artist
Gloria Belz .... second makeup artist
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist
Linda Briggs .... hair stylist (as Linda Dees Briggs)
Melinda Dunn .... hair stylist
Sandy Jo Johnston .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist: Mr. Redford
Susan Mills .... key hair stylist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist: Mr. Redford
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist
Barbara Sanders .... hair stylist
Michelle Vanderpool-Kohrs .... hair stylist
Beka Wilson .... assistant hair stylist
Ellie Winslow .... makeup artist: Mr. Lindo
Jami Ross .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Terry Miller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ty Arnold .... key second assistant director: second unit
Albert Cho .... first assistant director: second unit
Mark S. Constance .... second second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Matthew Feitshans .... second second assistant director: second unit
Jeani Harris-Olivieri .... second second assistant director (as Jeani Harris)
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
David Ticotin .... second assistant director (as David A. Ticotin)
Art Department
Dawn M. Baker .... scenic artist
Sheila Bartlett .... scenic artist
Robert A. Blackburn .... construction coordinator
Clete Cetrone .... propmaker foreman
Doug DuRose .... assistant property master
Thurston Edwards .... construction auditor (2001)
Mark Hitchler .... set designer
Stephen Howard .... set foreman
Travis Huffman .... propmaker
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... assistant property master: second unit
Dave Kennedy .... painter
Thomas Lauifi .... construction foreman
Barry Lehrman .... set designer
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
J.C. Oden .... paint laborer
William H. Phen Jr. .... general foreman
C.J. Pyles .... on-set dresser
Kelly Anne Ross .... assistant props (as Kelly Ross)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer
Fred Seibly .... signwriter
Jason Speck .... property maker
Christopher Woodworth .... scenic supervisor
Jim Drew .... props maker (uncredited)
Carl Robarge .... mold shop foreman (uncredited)
Jonathan Simms .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... sound editor
Michael Babcock .... sound effects editor
Michael Babcock .... sound effects supervisor
David Beadle .... dialogue editor
John Benson .... supervising adr editor
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr editor (as Barbara Boguski)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Kevin E. Carpenter .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Andrew Ellerd .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Larry Goeb .... dialogue editor
David Hawkins .... sound supervisor
Sonya Henry .... dialogue editor
Patrick Hogan .... adr editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Fred Judkins .... foley editor
Linda Lew .... foley recordist
Helen Luttrell .... dialogue editor
Jay Meagher .... production sound mixer
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editor
Todd Murakami .... foley editor
Bob Newlan .... foley supervisor
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor (as Tom Nist)
Ralph Osborn III .... dialogue editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialog & adr editor
Randy Pease .... boom operator
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Sawyer .... sound effects editor
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Watkins)
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects foreman
Terry Chapman .... special effects
Steve Cremin .... special effects: second unit
Burt Dalton .... special effects supervisor
Curtis Decker .... special effects
Paul Deely .... special effects
Albert Delgado .... special effects
Dale Ettema .... special effects
Brandon Keith Gill .... special effects
Garth Majors .... special effects
Donald Myers .... special effects foreman (as Donald E. Myers Jr.)
Arnold Peterson .... special effects
Keith Urban .... special effects
Jeffrey Watts .... special effects
Mike Weesner .... special effects
Ralph Winiger .... special effects (as Ralph A. Winiger)
Visual Effects by
Kenneth P. Coles .... digital painter
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor
Roger Dorney .... visual effects producer
Roger Dorney .... visual effects supervisor
Brien Goodrich .... 3D animator
Martin Hall .... compositor
Heather Hoyland .... digital compositor
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Olivier Leeman .... 3D animator: Pacific title
James Marbas .... digital effects supervisor
Garv Thorp .... digital visual effects producer: Pacific Title
Jeff Wells .... supervising digital compositor: Pacific Title Digital
Xye .... visual effects
Kenny Alexander .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Jacob Chambers .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Tad Griffith .... stunts
Gary Guercio .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Chuck Hosack .... stunts
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunts (as Kevin Jackson)
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts (as Henry Masso Kingi Jr.)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (as Gene Le Bell)
Clay M. Lilley .... stunts (as Clay Lilly)
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (as Kristian Lupo)
Greg Martin .... stunts
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Casey O'Neill .... stunts
Tom Pearl .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Jalon Raney .... stunts
Bill Richards .... stunts (as William Richards)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Robby Robinson .... stunts (as Robbie Robinson)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
Jason Rodriguez .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Marcus Salgado .... stunts
Cooper Taylor .... stunts
Matthew Taylor .... stunt double: Mark Ruffalo (as Matt Taylor)
Tim Trella .... stunts
Christopher J. Tuck .... co-stunt coordinator (as Chris Tuck)
David Walling .... stunts
Scott Workman .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Brazen .... best boy grip
Scott Browner .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Chidester .... grip
Joseph V. Cicio .... camera operator: second unit
Loren Corl .... key grip: second unit
John Crimins .... electrician: second unit
David Deever .... video engineer
Louie DeMarco .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, second unit
Don Devine .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dave Duren .... lamp operator (as David J. Duren)
Jeffry Gordon .... electrician
Scott Graves .... rigging gaffer
Chad Habetz .... grip
Beth Horton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Glenn Kaplan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jerry D. Knight .... electrician
Steve Koster .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Jonathan Leary .... grip
Chris Leidholdt .... rigging key grip
Jim Leidholdt .... dolly grip
Greg Lopez .... lamp operator
Marcos O. Lopez .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Kenji Luster .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Kenji Luster .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
David Maddux .... gaffer
Rick Maddux .... assistant chief lighting technician
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Jerry L. Marshall .... grip
Michael Martino .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
William McConnell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lee McLemore .... grip
Jason Parrillo .... electrician
Kevin C. Potter .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
David Richert .... assistant camera
Dan Riffel .... gaffer: second unit
Robert Sterry .... video assist operator: second unit
Jonathan Taylor .... director of photography: second unit
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "b" camera
Lisa Westin .... camera loader
Scott Whitbread .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... location casting
Kim McCray .... extras casting assistant
Kim Petrosky .... extras casting
Nicole Sage .... casting assistant
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting assistant
Tricia Wood .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlene Amateau .... costume supervisor
Rhonda Keaton .... key costumer
Patrick O'Driscoll .... costumer
Stephen K. Randolph .... key costumer
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Kindra Marra .... second assistant editor
Peter McNulty .... first assistant editor
Heather Mullen .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor
Anna D. Wilborn .... assistant editor
Mark Wright .... dailies
Music Department
Robert Bayless .... assistant music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Howard Duck .... soundtrack musician
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Kenneth Hall .... supervising music editor (as Ken Hall)
Todd Homme .... executive in charge of music
Lesley Langs .... music editor
Mark McKenzie .... composer: additional music
Malcolm McNab .... musician (trumpet)
Maria Newman .... musician
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Steven A. Saltzman .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Charles H. Hudson .... driver: Mr. Redford
Neil Hyman .... transportation coordinator
Tom Moore .... transportation captain
Jeff Symanski .... advisor: military vehicles
Chris McDade .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephanie Beman .... assistant craft service
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post
Gary Michael Clark .... production accountant
W. Ty Crawford .... production assistant
Steve Dale .... production assistant: second unit
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Carol Demarti .... head dyer and ager
Ronald L. Dowdy .... helicopter advisor
Stan Eutsey .... production assistant: second unit
Ray Felipe .... script researcher
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Jeremy Gould .... assistant location manager
Julie Hanks .... assistant: Mr. Zepfel
Michael Hubert .... production coordinator
Diane Johnson .... craft service
Donna Kail .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
Kevin LaRosa .... aerial coordinator (as Kevin La Rosa)
Kevin LaRosa .... helicopter pilot: second unit (as Kevin La Rosa)
Brenda Lopez .... script supervisor: second unit
Robert Malone .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joe May .... production assistant
Blake McClure .... production assistant
Susan McMahon .... location manager
Paul J. Memmi .... translator
Anna Metcalf .... accounting clerk
Steven Moder .... editorial systems manager
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Matt Parker .... production assistant
Claire Peberdy .... production assistant
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot: second unit (as William Richards)
Jeremy Roberts .... assistant accountant
Sean Robins .... assistant: Mr. Lawrence
Dona Spangler .... production assistant
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Toni Tardino .... set production assistant
Karen Tenkhoff .... executive for wildwood
Evienia Vassiliadou .... assistant: Mr. Lurie
Melissa Wiseman .... assistant accountant
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Field .... production executive (uncredited)
Misty Pyburn .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brad Simonsen .... production executive (uncredited)
Jamie Worlds .... post-production accountant (uncredited)

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Rated R for language and violence
131 min
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Did You Know?

One of the medal ribbons on General Irwin's uniform (which he wears when he first arrives at the prison) is the Medal of Honor, the U.S. Military's highest decoration, awarded for acts of extreme bravery in combat. It's the blue one at the top of his rows of ribbons.See more »
Revealing mistakes: There is a common misconception that the law requires actors portraying military personnel to wear the uniform improperly (so as to not be "impersonating" military personnel). This is simply not so. 10 U.S.C. 772(f) does authorize the wear of an armed forces uniform by an actor in a theatrical or motion picture production "if that portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force." SCHACHT v. UNITED STATES was a Supreme Court case in 1970 which found the preceding quote unconstitutional. As such, actors may wear the uniform in a theatrical or motion picture production without fear that it must reflect well on the military. Short version: Any movies which depict improperly worn uniforms can't use this excuse. They just screwed up.See more »
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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...
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32 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
None of it really amounts to much but it is watchable if not totally worthy of the heavyweights involved, 10 October 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Stripped of his rank and sentenced to 10 years in a military prison, Lt. General Irwin's reputation is still very much alive, to the point that the jail's commander has a certain degree of respect for him. Regardless of this though, Irwin must not abide by Winter's rules and become just another of the men. Looking to just serve out his time and go home, Irwin tries to accept his new surroundings, but he finds that the men look to him with a respect that he wishes would go away. However as he becomes familiar with the practises within the prison, he cannot help but assume a leadership role – bringing him into direct confrontation with Winter over the brutal, domineering methods he uses.

Despite being a total box office flop, I was still sufficiently attracted by Lurie and the cast he had put together to give this film a chance (albeit on DVD rather than in the cinema). The film is a mix of two types of film and it manages to do neither of them that well, but well enough to produce an enjoyable if forgettable film. The first half of the film is a sort of drama, with Irwin teaching the men the respect and humanity that (supposedly) they once had as soldiers. This half is OK mainly because the fatherly Redford makes his character work pretty well at this stuff – it isn't brilliant but it is OK to watch. The second half sees the film become increasingly illogical as the contest between Irwin and Winter intensifies up to the point where a slightly silly final action sequence. I won't say enough to spoil it for anybody, but the final sequence of events grows more and more unlikely by each passing event. Happily it is also quite exciting for what it is and the temptation to scoff at it is delayed (slightly) by the distraction value of it. It is not a great story by any means but it is workable – and the director and cast are just about good enough to make the weak into the watchable, the empty into the entertaining.

Ex-Empire critic Lurie will always interest me because he had the guts to do what few critics could – stop analysing others and make something themselves. His direction is good and he handles the action sequences well (their weaknesses being in their writing, not in his delivery). The cast are talented and do their best with a script that is not as good as their talent deserved. Redford has an easy task – playing an elder statesman, full of charisma and high principles. He does this well as one would expect from an actor if his caliber. Gandolfini plays back his accent in an attempt to keep his character away from his 'Sopranoisms' but the script doesn't help him. Gadolfini plays a 'little man', one whom we half feel sorry for and half we dislike; he does well to keep both these sides out, but at the end of the film the script is only really interesting in making him a controlling monster and his performance doesn't really matter one way or the other. The support cast has quite a few well-known faces, most of who are pretty good. Lindo is more of an add-on but the ever-reliable Ruffalo who shows here why he now has the reputation of a solid support man.

Collins has a simple, stuttering character but it is still nice to see him in something other than a gangbanger role. The rest of the support are good enough, even if they don't have a great deal to do.

Overall this is an average film that seems to aspire to a higher level at one point and then just settle for action and explosions at later stages. None of it really amounts to much but the first half is enjoyable as a fairly clichéd drama and the second half is quite enjoyable even if it is silly and overblown. I can understand why it didn't really do much at the box office but as a DVD it works well enough to pass a few hours even if it never really does much more than go through the motions.

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