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The Last Castle

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The Last Castle

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
130 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/19/01
performer:
James Gandolfini, Robert Redford, Delroy Lindo, Frank Military, Robin Wright, Mark Ruffalo
director:
Rod Lurie
distributor:
Dreamworks Distribution L.L.C.
author:
62455, 5059
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

As Colonel Winter, the weak-souled fascist warden of a maximum security military prison, James Gandolfini speaks in a softly robotic lisp that sounds like Tony Soprano minus New Jersey. Winter is set up against a new inmate, a three-star general (Robert Redford) who has recently been court-martialed. As staged by director Rod Lurie, The Last Castle is a grimly watchable yet sodden prison melodrama with all the subtlety and surprise of a showdown between the sissy-bully son of Captain Queeg and a hero who’s like a fusion of Brubaker, Spartacus, and Norma Rae.

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