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The Last Castle (2001)

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Critic Consensus: The Last Castle is well acted and rousing for the most part, but the story can't stand up to close scrutiny.

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The Castle is an unlikely last stop in the brilliant career of three-star General Irwin. Court-martialed and stripped of his rank, Irwin has been sentenced to the maximum-security military prison, which is run with an iron fist by its warden, Colonel Winter. Winter can't help but respect the once-legendary general, but it isn't long before that respect turns to resentment and then open hostility as Irwin continually confronts the warden on his methods. Setting out to break Irwin by whatever means necessary, the colonel's tactics only fuel Irwin's defiance and cause the other prisoners to rally behind the general in his new mission: to seize control of the prison and remove Winter from his command. The men imprisoned in The Castle have been told that they are no longer soldiers... but they are about to prove that they can still fight a war.

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Cast

Robert Redford
as Gen. Eugene Irwin
James Gandolfini
as Col. Winter
Mark Ruffalo
as Clifford Yates
Delroy Lindo
as Gen. Wheeler
Steve Burton
as Capt. Peretz
Michael Irby
as Enriquez
Jeremy Child
as Cutbush
Maurice Bullard
as Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich
as Pvt. Niebolt
David Alford
as Corp. Zamarro
Peg Allen
as Kelly, Winter's Secretary
Rick Vito
as Red Team Leader
Dean Miller
as Carvelli
Kristen Shaw
as Clerk -- Staff Sgt.
Michael Davis
as Honor Guard
Joe Keenan
as Trustee/Lester
David Chattam
as Wheeler's Aide
Dan Cole
as Trustee No. 2
Hans Mooy
as Sgt. Moore
Rico Moody
as Inmate
Toni Tardino
as Visitor
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Critic Reviews for The Last Castle

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (29)

Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure.

October 23, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

October 20, 2001 | Full Review…
Salon.com
Top Critic

Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.

October 19, 2001 | Rating: 2/5
Washington Post
Top Critic

A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.

October 19, 2001 | Rating: 2/5
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

October 19, 2001 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Last Castle is not as simple as it looks, though its appeal is simple.

October 19, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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