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The Last Castle (2001)



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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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
Jeremy Child
as Cutbush
Michael Irby
as Enriquez
Maurice Bullard
as Sgt. McLaren
Nick Kokich
as Pvt. Niebolt
David Alford
as Corp. Zamarro
Dean Hall
as Harris
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 (115) | Top Critics (30)

Not a serious prison flick, but director Lurie finds fresh ways to frame familiar situations, and pulls it off with enough tongue-in-cheek wit.

December 24, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure.

October 23, 2001

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

Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.

October 19, 2001 | Rating: 2/5

A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.

October 19, 2001 | Rating: 2/5

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…

Audience Reviews for The Last Castle


In a tightly controlled military prison things get tense between the by-the-book warden (James Gandolfini) and the new inmate, a battle hardened veteran (Robert Redford). The work is inconcievable from the first and unrealistic, and then it's predictable as everything, and manipulative in it's predictability. The players go for broke anyway, redeeming it somewhat.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

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Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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