The Last Castle

The Last Castle

DVD - 2002
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General Irwin, a respected three-star tactician whose career ends in disgrace when he's court martialed and sent to a maximum security military prison, The Castle. Irwin quickly butts heads with the facility's autocratic warden, Colonel Winter, who runs his command with an iron fist, even killing prisoners when he deems it necessary. Irwin rallies his fellow convicts into a rag-tag army and leads them in a revolt against Winter, an action that the warden is ready to repel by violent means.


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Feb 22, 2019

Excellent! Instead of a typical brutality-only fest, this is brainy, in the vein of Clint Eastwood's ''Escape from Alcatraz'' (1979).
Robert Redford has been impressive in his twilight years -
[eg. "All Is Lost"(2013) where he made a loner survival flick as great as, or better than, Tom Hanks' "Cast Away" (2000).]
Good performances by everyone, especially the main cast - James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, and Clifton Collins Jr. (he was the crazy Mexican friend Romeo in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day).

May 06, 2016

Rocking good prison action/drama. I like the tension that brews between Redford and Gandolfini. Everything builds to a huge battle for the prison.

Jun 19, 2015

Though I would describe this as more of a man's movie, I, a 75-year-old woman, think this was a great movie. Good cast; good story. Very well done. Good date night movie.

voisjoe1 May 26, 2014

If you take this film literally, then it is rated zero stars. If you let yourself imagine that these are unlikely events, yet took place, maybe it is worth 3.5 stars. If you like Robert Redford and James Gandolfini and want to see them in a film that you previously failed to see, then watch it, realizing that the events are possible, yet highly unlikely (showing off Gandofini’s great acting ability of being surprised, screwed, angry, half insane, and totally wrong). I don’t see it as a great film, just a fun movie. Maybe I’m I missing a whole lot of symbolism, metaphors, or allegories, but it just doesn’t rise to the level of making a serious effort to ponder.

May 30, 2012

A fascinating story of the differences of a man who is a play soldier and commands by brutality, and another who is a real soldier and gains not only the prisoners respect, but allegiance in bringing down the brutal warden . -Excellent story. - - This DVD has SDH

Nov 05, 2007

Interesting contrast in leadership style and tactics in a power struggle between a weak, sadistic prison warden (James Gandolfino) and one of his inmates, a court-martialled army general (Robert Redford).


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