The Last Castle

Release Date: October 19, 2001

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In his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Contender, and almost exactly a year after its release, Rod Lurie returns with The Last Castle. A strong cast anchors this movie, which tells the story of a wrongly court-martialed three-star general who leads his prison-mates in a revolt against the corrupt prison warden. The aforementioned strong cast includes Robert Redford, who returns to the big screen after a three-year absence, James Gandolfini, Robin Wright-Penn, and Delroy Lindo.

The immediate thing to look at is that this DreamWorks release shares many traits with The Contender, and the studio will most likely target this movie for early Oscar buzz. The reason we can hypothesize this is because of the recent general critical success of prison-based movies, along with the precedent set by The Contender last year, which showed that a release as early as this will not be forgotten at Oscar time.

Unfortunately for The Last Castle, The Contender had quite a weak box-office performance and was not very well received by fans, as the box office multiplier shows. Still, the tone of this film is different, and without early previews out yet, the sense is that the movie will have an action element to it. A more appropriate movie to compare it to would be Men of Honor, which had the serious dramatic/action element, the sense of injustice with regards to story, as well as a mild action element to it. Men of Honor did well at the box office and was very well received by fans. Knowing DreamWorks and how aggressive it is with advertising its films, The Last Castle should do decent-to-strong box-office business. (Walid Habboub/BOP)

September 23, 2001
DreamWorks has pushed the release of the film back one week to allow a week of additional marketing since ads had to be reworked. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Last Castle
Main Cast Robert Redford, James Gandolfini
Supporting Cast Mark Ruffalo, Robin Wright Penn
Director Rod Lurie
Screenwriter Graham Yost, David Scarpa
Distributor DreamWorks
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Rating R
Running Time 131 minutes
Screen Count 2,262
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for The Last Castle
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
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Green Mile, The 12/10/9918.02 21.47 2875 6268.00 7156.4 136.80 163.02 7.59
Men of Honor 11/10/0013.34 14.92 2092 6377.00 6862.1 48.75 54.53 3.65
Hurricane, The 1/14/009.01 10.07 1465 6150.00 6617.8 50.67 56.68 4.43
Contender, The 10/13/005.36 5.99 1516 3536.00 3805.0 17.80 19.91 3.32
Shawshank Redemption 10/14/942.40 3.54 944 2542.00 3613.6 28.24 41.73 9.79



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