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The Last Castle (2001)

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A court-martialed General rallies together twelve hundred inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director:

Rod Lurie

Writers:

David Scarpa (story), David Scarpa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... General 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. ... Aguilar
George W. Scott George W. Scott ... Thumper
Brian Goodman ... Beaupre
Michael Irby ... Enriquez
Frank Military ... Doc
Maurice Bullard Maurice Bullard ... Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich Nick Kokich ... Pvt. Niebolt
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Storyline

Robert Redford stars in this action drama as General Irwin, a respected three-star tactician whose career ends in disgrace when he's court-martialed and sent to The Castle, a maximum security military prison. Irwin quickly butts heads with the facility's autocratic warden, Colonel Winter (James Gandolfini), who runs his command with an iron fist, even killing prisoners when he deems it necessary. Irwin rallies his fellow convicts into a rag-tag army and leads them in a revolt against Winter, an action that the warden is ready to repel by violent means.

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Taglines:

A castle can only have one king

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Castle See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,088,213, 21 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,208,078, 16 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,642,707, 31 December 2001
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kathryn Morris appeared as a DOD Investigator but was cut from the film. The scene is included on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

It was an error to have Irwin be a 3-star general. 3-star and 4-star generals hold their ranks temporarily, as long as they occupy a 3-star or 4-star position. When they are transferred from one 3- or 4-star position to another, the President must re-nominate them for Senate confirmation. If an officer is relieved (fired) from one of those positions, he reverts to 2-star by operation of law unless awaiting retirement (and then only for 60 days). Irwin was court-martialed, so the Army certainly wouldn't keep him in a 3-star slot. They'd relieve him and he'd go to court-martial as a 2-star. See 10 USC 601. See more »

Quotes

[Irwin and Enriquez are playing chess]
Irwin: [while in his cell] Very good. You have check-mate in five moves.
Enriquez: Looks that way, sir.
[Irwin moves his knight]
Enriquez: Why are you moving if I have check-mate in five moves?
Irwin: 'cause I have check-mate in three.
Enriquez: Shall we, er, call it a draw?
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Connections

Referenced in Flushed Away (2006) See more »

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Bad Movie for some Excellent to others
28 March 2012 | by JunkandspammailSee all my reviews

Despite, the bad reviews that have been posted on this site, I find The Last Castle to be one the most interested and thrilling movies I have ever had the pleasure to watch. The need by others to find faults and negative comments were just not called for. This is a movie shows how one man with a huge ego and in a position of power can single handedly break a man's pride and spirit and that of another who shows a group of men that despite their circumstances your pride and self respect is something no one can take from you unless you allow them to. If this is what is considered a bad movie, I'd like to know what a good movie is. The Last Castle is a movie that you have to watch to judge it yourself and not base it on the opinions of others. If you are unsure, just watch the movie, judge it for yourself and then post your own review.


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