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The Last Legion (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, War | 17 August 2007 (USA)
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As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

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Doug Lefler

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Jez Butterworth (screenplay), Tom Butterworth (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Aurelius
Ben Kingsley ... Ambrosinus / Merlin
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Mira (as Aishwarya Rai)
Peter Mullan ... Odoacer
Kevin McKidd ... Wulfila
John Hannah ... Nestor
Iain Glen ... Orestes
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Romulus Augustus (as Thomas Sangster)
Rupert Friend ... Demetrius
Nonso Anozie ... Batiatus
Owen Teale ... Vatrenus
Alexander Siddig ... Theodorus Andronikos
Robert Pugh ... Kustennin
James Cosmo ... Hrothgar
Harry Van Gorkum ... Vortgyn
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Storyline

Circa 460 A.D. Mira was born in a warrior-family in Kerala, India, was well versed in martial arts and self-defense, so much so that she was recruited by the Spanish royalty and re-located to Constantinople. From there she was instructed to assist Roman Commander Aurelius to plan the escape of 12-year old Romulus Augustus Caesar from a prison in Capri after his parents had been killed by the leader of the Alliance in turmoil-stricken Rome that has seen the deaths of five emperors in five years. Mira, Aurelius, and a Priest, Ambrosinius, along with a handful of loyal soldiers were successful in the escape plan and deliver Romulus to Roman Senator Nestor. What the crew do not realize is that their task is not over yet, for Nestor is all set to betray Romulus, leaving them with no alternative but to flee to Britannia, where they will be forced to confront a seemingly invincible Vortygn, whose main aim is to obtain a powerful sword that was meant for defense and defeat, and also ensure ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

The Roman world is in the throes of death, but a new myth, destined to span the centuries, is waiting to be born. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Slovakia | Tunisia | Italy | Bulgaria

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Legião See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,746,312, 19 August 2007

Gross USA:

$5,933,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,303,038
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(At around thirty-seven minutes) The statue of Gaio Giulio Cesare was not the primary statue used in Tunisia. Rather, it was a special effects statue with a large gaping hole in its back and which was intended to be rigged to blow up. When production moved from Tunisia to Slovakia the primary statue was lost. See more »

Goofs

As they are climbing over the mountain pass, Romulus is riding on the back of Batiatus wearing a pair of very modern climbing boots. See more »

Quotes

[on the morning of the battle]
Aurelius: If we don't live to see tomorrow...
Mira: Nothing will ever part us.
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References Love Actually (2003) See more »

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Disappointment
8 June 2007 | by redhandfilmsSee all my reviews

I just got done watching this movie. And I must say, if you really want to see this movie, save yourself an hour and a half, and just watch the trailer. The trailer is really as good as this movie gets. I'm sorry, I had high hopes for this movie too. I'm a big fan of medieval and roman films, but this one really just falls short on everything. I would say thats its worthy of being a sci-fi channel original movie, but I don't don't want to insult the sci-fi channel (Seriously, they have tons of aliens and monster, don't tick them off. You will get eaten.)

This movie falls short on pretty much every account. Casting was awful. I'm a fan of Sangster, he was great in Love Actually, but he's not yet strong enough to be a leading man. Firth, with his quirky charm, should stick to romantic comedy. He's much better at fumbling through a confession of love than being an epic hero. The plot, dialog, acting and directing were all horrible. I kept sitting there thinking how it could have been done better, only to come to the realization the best thing to do would be to throw out everything and start over from the plot outline. The sets cheap and generic. They would have done better dusting off set pieces from Ben Hur(1959). Costumes were pulled from every generic Barbarian/Roman stock wardrobe or Halloween store. Perhaps one of the most distracting things was the music. I think the composer is sleeping with one or more of his trumpet players because thats all we heard. Trumpets playing as they hide, Trumpets sounding during the battle, Trumpets here, Trumpets there. Couldn't get enough of them.

At best this movie is a rental to watch at home. When you're alone. In a windowless room. Don't invite your friends over, they will make fun of you. I'm sorry if this sounds cruel, but, like the parent of a child failing kindergarten, I'm simply trying to express my disappointment for a film that could have been so much better. Its just sad.


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