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At Theaters: 12/5/2003 On Video: 5/4/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 24 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419985
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Captain Nathan Algren is a man adrift. The battles he once fought now seem distant and futile. Once he risked his life for honor and country, but, in the years since the Civil War, the world has changed. He is asked to go to Japan to train their army in the Western way of battle so they can defeat the Samurai. He is captured by the Samurai so they can learn about their enemy. Slowly he begins to respect and admire his captors and their way of life. He soon finds himself fighting with them because they represent the honor he wishes to again possess.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Adventure Drama - The Last Samurai is very similar in type to Braveheart. It's has the same type of intense drama and a love story with many graphic battle scenes.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Cruise MINORITY REPORT, VANILLA SKY, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
Timothy Spall LUCKY BREAK, ROCK STAR, THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES
Ken Watanabe THE SUN RISES AGAIN, SPACE TRAVELERS
Billy Connolly TIMELINE, AN EVERLASTING PIECE, MRS. BROWN
Dir/Prod: Edward Zwick THE SIEGE
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Production Notes Heading
Director Zwick Realizes Lifelong Dream
Research Meets Action
International Casting
Locations And Sets
Costumes
The Troops
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PROFANITY: 1 GD, 1 S-word. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Several graphic battle scenes.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking and drunkenness.
ACTION: Several large battle scenes and some smaller fights.
COMEDY: Quite a few chuckles and even some laughs.
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Very Good

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good It's a genuine pleasure to come across a motion picture like The Last Samurai - a rousing tale that combines high adventure with emotional effectiveness. This movie works because it never loses sight of the characters no matter how epic the scope becomes. With its grand, sweeping battle sequences, lush cinematography, and gripping storyline, The Last Samurai already has a spot reserved on my end-of-the-year Top 10 list.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic. Its power is compromised only by an ending that sheepishly backs away from what the film is really about.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 235 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
25
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
16
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
45
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
29
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
57
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
63
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Outstanding Opinions! A very high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions with virtually no low opinions indicates a movie with very wide appeal.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE LAST SAMURAI TO EVERYONE! DON'T MISS IT ON THE BIG SCREEN!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Captain Nathan Algren (TOM CRUISE) is a man adrift. The battles he once fought now seem distant and futile. Once he risked his life for honor and country, but, in the years since the Civil War, the world has changed. Pragmatism has replaced courage, self-interest has taken the place of sacrifice and honor is nowhere to be found – especially out West where his role in the Indian Campaigns ended in disillusionment and sorrow.

Somewhere on the unforgiving plains near the banks of the Washita River, Algren lost his soul.

A universe away, another soldier sees his way of life about to disintegrate. He is Katsumoto (KEN WATANABE), the last leader of an ancient line of warriors, the venerated Samurai, who dedicated their lives to serving emperor and country. Just as the modern way encroached upon the American West, cornering and condemning the Native American, it also engulfed traditional Japan. The telegraph lines and railroads that brought progress now threaten those values and codes by which the Samurai have lived and died for centuries.

But Katsumoto will not go without a fight.

The paths of these two warriors converge when the young Emperor of Japan, wooed by American interests who covet the growing Japanese market, hires Algren to train Japan's first modern, conscript army. But as the Emperor's advisors attempt to eradicate the Samurai in preparation for a more Westernized and trade-friendly government, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai. Their powerful convictions remind him of the man he once was.

Thrust now into harsh and unfamiliar territory, with his life and perhaps more important, his soul, in the balance, the troubled American soldier finds himself at the center of a violent and epic struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his sense of honor to guide him.

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