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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
... Col. Winter
... Yates
... Capt. Peretz
... Gen. Wheeler
... Dellwo
... Duffy (as Samuel Ball)
... Cutbush
... Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
George W. Scott ... Thumper
... Beaupre
... Enriquez
... Doc Lee Bernard
Maurice Bullard ... Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich ... Pvt. Niebolt
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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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The Castle  »

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$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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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 »

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When General Irwin and Winter are talking about the battle of Shiloh, Irwin says that Grant lost 13.000 men. That number however includes men killed, wounded, captured or missing in battle. The real number of men that Grant lost (as in dead men) is 1,754. See more »

Quotes

Yates: I thought there was one thing that you should know, when they take the castle the are going to hang the flag upside down.
Winter: [while in his office] Upside down?
Yates: It's the international sign of distress.
Winter: Yes I know what it means. Where exactly do the plan to get a flag?
Yates: They already have one... Yours.
Winter: My Flag?...
[goes to his flag box, sees that the flag is gone]
Winter: Peretz who was in here yesterday?
Yates: I took it you murdering fuck!
Winter: I thought you were smarter than that.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Flushed Away (2006) See more »

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Ante Up (Robbing-Hoodz Theory)
Featuring Funkmaster Flex
Written by Jamal Grinnage, Eric Murry & Darryl Pittman
Performed by M.O.P.
Courtesy of Columbia Records/Loud Records LLC
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A good if predictable movie.
1 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Last Castle is a fine if somewhat predictable jail movie of redemption and determination against the odds. Having seen the previews I thought nothing of ever seeing the film, but saw it on the shelf in the video store and thought it would pass an evening.

It did that very well, and is worth seeing for at least one reason. Although Robert Redford puts in a solid performance, James Gandolfini steals this movie with his simpering, bully-boy performance. Despite knowing from the opening scene that he will undoubted lose against Redford's disgraced general, Gandolfini's depiction of a man in authority but with little power is very subtle and worth watching.

The rest of the film has some clever moments, but you see everything coming - Redford inspiring the other prisoners, the inevitable conflicts and the finale. The Last Castle is worth seeing once.


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