“The Last Castle” quotes

Movie The Last Castle
Title The Last Castle
Year 2001
Director Rod Lurie
Genre Drama, Thriller, Action
Plot – Judged and declassed by the court martial, General Irwin is sentenced to serve his sentence in a maximum-security military prison, directed by Colonel Winter. At first the Colonel feels great respect for General Irwin because of his glorious past, then gradually respect turns into resentment and hostility due to the continuing clashes about Winter's management methods of the prison.
All actors – Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton, Delroy Lindo, Paul Calderon, Sam Ball, Jeremy Childs, Clifton Collins Jr., George W. Scott, Brian Goodman, Michael Irby
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  • “We can no long wear the uniform of the soldier. We forfeited that right and that includes me. I disobeyed an executive order, I violated my duty as a commanding officer. And eight men paid a catastrophic price. It's a mistake not easy to live with. So here I am just like you, a convicted criminal. Only difference between you and me is, I know...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:crime, guilt, soldiers]
  • “After 30 years everyone's a good man. It's the law.”
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:goodness, manhood]
  • - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin: I don't think so. You know where saluting comes from?
    - Cpl. Ramon Aguilar: No, sir.
    - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin: It comes from medieval times. Two knights would approach each other on horseback. They would raise their visors and show their faces. It's like they're saying, "This is who I am. I'm not the enemy and I'm not... (continue)
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    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    Clifton Collins Jr. - Cpl. Ramon Aguilar
    [Tag:respect, soldiers]
  • “Take a look at a castle. Any castle. Now break down the key elements that make it a castle. They haven't changed in a thousand years. 1: Location. A site on high ground that commands the territory as far as the eye can see. 2: Protection. Big walls, walls strong enough to withstand a frontal attack. 3: A garrison. Men who are trained and willing...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:building, history]
  • “They can humiliate us, they can beat us, they can lock us away in a dark hole for days on end. But there's one thing they cannot do. They cannot take away from us, who we are. And we are soldiers!”
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
  • “Any man with a collection like this is a man who's never set foot on a battlefield. To him a minié ball from Shiloh is just an artifact. But to a combat vet, it's a hunk of metal that caused some poor bastard a world of pain.”

    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:fighting, pain, war]
  • “- Col. Winter: Mr. Irwin, these men are not here for unpaid parking fines, or misdemeanors.
    - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin: I'm under no illusion as to why the men are here, Colonel. I just thought that they might be reminded of some of the good things they've done, instead of only the worst.”

    James Gandolfini - Col. Winter
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:men, prison]
  • “You tell your men you are soldiers and that's your flag. You tell them nobody takes our flag. And you raise that flag so it flies high where everyone can see it. Now you've got yourself a castle. The only difference between this castle and all the rest is that they were built to keep people out. This castle is built to keep people in.”
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
  • “- Dellwo: What happened here today happens all the time, sir.
    - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin: So let me get this straight. You mean there's violence, in a prison packed with violent criminals?”

    Paul Calderon - Dellwo
    Robert Redford - Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin
    [Tag:prison, violence]
  • You call a three star general, "Man?" What are you going to call him next? "Dude?"
    Frank Military - Doc Lee Bernard
  • “- Col. Winter: Tell me, Mr. Yates, how does a man like you get into West Point?
    - Yates: My father was a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, sir.
    - Col. Winter: Oh, right. Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.”

    James Gandolfini - Col. Winter
    Mark Ruffalo - Yates
    [Tag:prison, soldiers]