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The Last Castle
(2001)
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2001 Decca
2020 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
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Decca Records
(October 16th, 2001)

Intrada Records
(October 27th, 2020)
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The 2001 Decca album is a regular U.S. release. The 2020 Intrada album is limited to an unknown quantity and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if your heart can be stirred by the solemn and defiant merging of Jerry Goldsmith's complexly vengeful Rambo scores with echoes of trumpet performances from Patton.

Avoid it... if, despite an impressive tribute recording to the victims of September 11th, 2001, your primary interest in this score is based upon originality in construct and instrumentation, neither of which explored by Goldsmith in the work.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #658
WRITTEN 10/17/01, REVISED 4/28/21
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
The Last Castle: (Jerry Goldsmith) In a rare return to acting without directing at the same time, Robert Redford places himself in the role of a decorated American general who refuses to obey an executive order and is thus sent to a military prison called "the castle." His stubborn will to resist the unreasonable actions of the prison's warden in 2001's The Last Castle earn him the respect of the men, and only through his sacrifice in an uprising can he bring proper justice to its confines. The Rod Lurie film was undoubtedly too long in running time, dragging its story out for over two hours and hitting the patriotism and redemption buttons too frequently. Audiences showed no patience for sitting through the film, making it one of the year's biggest fiscal disasters for a major studio. While making use of classical music insertions and a few blues songs during that bloated time, The Last Castle was among the last five scores written and recorded by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, taking advantage of the composer's rich history of creating uplifting patriotic works. Forgotten by some listeners in the composer's late string of ethnically powerful action and solemn mystery scores was the fact that Goldsmith was still very capable of assembling a rousing, country-first score for brass and percussion. Thirty years prior, his military marches for Patton and MacArthur burst into movie music history, establishing Goldsmith as an artist with a mastery of pompous and even arrogant military music. That style of writing from Goldsmith would turn bittersweet in his three Rambo scores, producing a haunting theme for a fallen soldier that remains atop his resume. In the 1990's, Goldsmith's military-related work had more of a swashbuckling edge, with works such as Air Force One and Executive Decision melding patriotism with all out adventure. All of the aforementioned scores are dominated by lead performances by brass instruments, with noble themes that often graced the composer's compilations and concerts.


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1,669 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.29 Stars
***** 286 5 Stars
**** 423 4 Stars
*** 589 3 Stars
** 243 2 Stars
* 128 1 Stars
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Thank you for the insightful reviews, Filmtracks
Kyle Scott - August 23, 2002, at 6:48 p.m.
1 comment  (2033 views)
A Jerry quickie?
Renardclochard - July 9, 2002, at 12:39 p.m.
1 comment  (2375 views)
September 11, 2001 - used by MSNBC?   Expand >>
Jan B. - November 19, 2001, at 12:31 p.m.
2 comments  (3067 views)
Newest: March 30, 2002, at 1:05 p.m. by
Steve
Trailer Music   Expand >>
JnB - November 13, 2001, at 6:29 p.m.
2 comments  (2494 views)
Newest: November 18, 2001, at 2:40 a.m. by
Levente Benedek
Academy nomination? Can he have it?
Levente Benedek - November 9, 2001, at 11:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1795 views)
Castle's sound distortion
Robert Ritchie - November 1, 2001, at 4:31 p.m.
1 comment  (1921 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Decca Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:06
• 1. The Castle (1:32)
• 2. Irwin Arrives (2:18)
• 3. The Rock Pile (5:03)
• 4. Get Behind the Mule - performed by John Hammond (5:54)
• 5. Let's Go Ladies (2:40)
• 6. Full Alert (2:54)
• 7. Military Justice (2:22)
• 8. The Count Down (2:20)
• 9. Hold Them (1:52)
• 10. Taking Command (3:36)
• 11. The Flag (5:54)
• 12. September 11, 2001 - Theme From The Last Castle (2:46)
• 13. Chiseled in Stone - performed by Dean Hall (3:48)
2020 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 138:49

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 2001 Decca album contains an interesting recollection by the director, Rod Lurie, about the process of obtaining Goldsmith's services, as well as his high opinion of the composer. The insert of the 2020 Intrada product contains extensive details about the score and film. For the Decca album, Lurie finishes by describing his reaction to Goldsmith's main theme:

    "Twenty-four notes. All in C minor.
    Twenty-four notes that have haunted me ever since.
    Twenty-four notes that left me in tears.
    Twenty-four notes that are a gift to soldiers; to sailors; to Americans.
    Twenty-four notes that, I think, will help to cement Jerry Goldsmith as the maestro of our time."

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