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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:
David Scarpa, Graham Yost
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

As a court-martialed general serving time in a military prison known as The Last Castle, Robert Redford is impressively stoic and starched. But how did he ever get involved in such a simplistically heavy-handed salute to gentlemen warriors? It’s almost funny how easily Redford’s military father figure wins the hearts and minds of his fellow inmates before leading them in righteous rebellion against the martinet warden (James Gandolfini). Truly silly, though, is the resulting uprising, highlighted by the unveiling of an uncannily accurate makeshift catapult and the kamikaze commandeering of a prison helicopter. In comparison, ”The Longest Yard” was gritty realism.