The Last Castle (2001)
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as Gen. Eugene Irwin
as Col. Winter
as Clifford Yates
as Gen. Wheeler
as Capt. Peretz
as Sgt. McLaren
as Pvt. Niebolt
as Corp. Zamarro
as Kelly, Winter's Secretary
as Red Team Leader
as Clerk -- Staff Sgt.
as Honor Guard
as Wheeler's Aide
as Trustee No. 2
as Sgt. Moore
Critic Reviews for The Last Castle
Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure.
The themes that ring out most loudly in the end -- some men are just born leaders; others do best if they just conform -- are numbingly retrograde.
Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.
A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
The Last Castle, while engrossing in parts, might have benefited from more pre-shooting talk about what makes an intriguing character -- and what makes a star performance.
Audience Reviews for The Last Castle
What a load of American drivel, an uninspired prison flick that bores and irritates the hell out of you!
I usually like seeing movies where the underdog finds a way to triumph over the nasty villain, but this movie is a bit hard to take. In five minutes of movie time General Irwin goes from "Hmmm, we should overtake this prison" to the full fledged revolt overcoming guns, water cannons and helicopters.
A flawed, if watchable drama concerning a former general (Robert Redford) who is sent to prison under the watch of a sadistic warden (James Gandolfini), and how he rouses the inmates to rise up against the corrupt warden. Redford is perfect as the silent rebel type, with Gandolfini an ideal fit as the ego maniacal villain. Although it is heavily cliched and suffers from an overdose of melodrama, the end still packs a punch despite its faults.
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