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"A Castle Can Only Have One King"

The Last Castle begins with former Lieutenant General Eugene Irwin (Robert Redford) who has been court martialed for directly disobeying a presidential order, being brought to a military prison. He meets with the commandant of the facility, Colonel Winter (played by James Gandolfini), who is a great admirer of the former general. However, Irwin comments on a part of the commandant's military relics collection, which leads to offense being taken, and the seeds are planted for a war to be waged behind the walls of the prison.

Irwin, who still commands great respect despite his court martial, is saluted by one of the other prisoners. Before the prisoner can be punished, Irwin intervenes. This lights a fuse of competition between Irwin and Winter over the respect and admiration of the prisoners. The prisoners begin to build a wall, and Winter orders it torn down. One man stands in the way and is killed when he's shot in the head with a rubber bullet. This leads to Irwin taking command of the other inmates, calling on all of their military experience. The goal of their plan is to prove that Winter isn't fit for his position. While Winter attempts to apologize and to reach an understanding, Irwin will accept nothing less than Winter's resignation of his post before he will stop.

When Winter's superior, Brigadier General Wheeler comes for a review of the prison, Irwin stages an event to show how incompetant Winter is. Irwin stages a riot, which in many ways resembles a medieval siege, just before the general arrives. Winter authorizes the use of live ammunition, and Irwin orders the prisoners to stand down before they can raise the American flag upside down. Irwin then raises the flag himself, and because none of the guards will open fire, Winter kills Irwin personally. Winter doesn't realize till it's too late that Irwin raised the flag correctory. Winter is arrested and taken away for justice.

R
| 2001 | 2 hr 12 min | 6.9/10 | 43/100
Cast
Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton
Studio
DreamWorks SKG
Director
Rod Lurie
Language
English
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