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The Last Castle [DVD] [2002]

4.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton, Delroy Lindo
  • Directors: Rod Lurie
  • Writers: David Scarpa, Graham Yost
  • Producers: Don Zepfel, Robert Lawrence
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Turkish, Arabic, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Dreamworks Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug. 2002
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695KJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eugene Irwin (Robert Redford) is a high-ranking officer in the US Army and the latest inmate to arrive at the military prison known as 'the Castle'. The general feeling in the prison is one of cynicism and despondency, but Irwin refuses to be beaten by the situation and soon rallies his fellow inmates into rebuilding a historic wall in the prison yard. When chief warden Colonel Winter (James Gandolfini) then orders the wall destroyed in an attempt to break the men's newly buoyant moral, Irwin resolves to have Winter removed from his job, and the two men are soon caught in an all-consuming battle of wills.

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Robert Redford's typically winning performance is probably what lifts this from a run of the mill movie to a higher level. He plays General Irwin, sent to a military prison for disobeying orders and getting his men needlessly killed. He settles down to be a model prisoner, but after a while the injustices in the system sets this good and true soldier on a collision course with the Prison Governor, excellently portrayed by an in form James Gandolfini, which leads to the well staged and thrilling big action showdown in the second half of the film.

Played by anyone else the character of the general, worshipped by all who come into contact with him, intelligent, as true and honourable a man as you could meet, would seem unbelievable. But Redford has such charm and charisma that he really carries it off. The way the plot develops is well done, with no clunky exposition as you often get in this type of film. The film is well paced, serving up action and thoughtful scenes in regular and balanced way, neatly building up to the big finale. It's entertaining and well worth a watch by fans of action pics with a bit of plot and intelligent scripting.
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It is probably not a masterpiece but it is a film that is extremely strong and universal. It is dealing with justice for military personnel and soldiers. No one will question the justness of a court-martial but what happens to a soldier, what's more a three star general, if he is court-martialed to serve some time in a military prison. The prisoners in that prison have been humiliated and broken down into some wild animals because a colonel only decided to see the crimes of these men and not the good potential that was and always will be in them as soldiers, and probably as men. They were trained soldiers and they have made a mistake that they have to pay for, but they are no animals. They are human and they remain human, they are military and they remain military with some strong powerful values they still are ready to die for provided they find a good leadership. The colonel who is abusing his power as the boss of this military prison does not understand any other language than repression and force and killing those who do not obey. It can only work when the mass of the prisoners are divided and hostile to one another. Bring one high ranking officer among them who will know how to rebuild their self-pride and their sense of honor and they will follow him to regain their military humanity. The best part in the film is that it demonstrates how easy it is to organize a take-over in such a prison if you are imaginative and you have the sense of command and the sanity to respect the best in each man. What's more the soldiers on the side of the colonel will also recognize in the prisoners and their fight the high human and military values they believe in.Read more ›
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When i first began to watch this film i thought it was going to be the same old heart on your sleeve patriotism filled nonsense that has ruined so many films. Howvever even though patriotism is a key aspect to the film the underlying story line is very entertaining and the film is a very enjoyable watch the whole way through
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Robert Redford's typically winning performance is probably what lifts this from a run of the mill movie to a higher level. He plays General Irwin, sent to a military prison for disobeying orders and getting his men needlessly killed. He settles down to be a model prisoner, but after a while the injustices in the system sets this good and true soldier on a collision course with the Prison Governor, excellently portrayed by an in form James Gandolfini, which leads to the well staged and thrilling big action showdown in the second half of the film.

Played by anyone else the character of the general, worshipped by all who come into contact with him, intelligent, as true and honourable a man as you could meet, would seem unbelievable. But Redford has such charm and charisma that he really carries it off. The way the plot develops is well done, with no clunky exposition as you often get in this type of film. The film is well paced, serving up action and thoughtful scenes in regular and balanced way, neatly building up to the big finale. It's entertaining and well worth a watch by fans of action pics with a bit of plot and intelligent scripting.
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Extremely well acted throughout,with a good balance included by the director of both Redford(the prisoner) and Gandolfini(the warden)and a strong attempt to portray both sides of their 'fence'.

Though there is much dialogue in this prison drama,director Rod Lurie is never afraid to include plenty of action and there is indeed a spectacular ending to the film described in France as "Terriblement Explosif!".

The drama belongs to Redford and Gandolfini though,and Redford's performance is painstakingly layered moving from a failed father through to trying to justifing his lapses as a soldier in battle.Anyone who perceived him as just a pretty-boy actor must have long realized that he has much more to offer as both an actor and director.

Superb entertainment.
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