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R| 2 hr. 34 min.

Plot Summary
Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.

Cast: Tom Cruise , Ken Watanabe , Timothy Spall , Billy Connolly , Tony Goldwyn , Hiroyuki Sanada , Masato Harada , Koyuki

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Adventure, War, Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Last Samurai (2003)

Release Date: December 5th, 2003|2 hr. 34 min.

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  • When the script, by Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and John Logan, doesn't sabotage the images, and the great cinematographer John Toll turns action into poetry, The Last Samurai emerges as a haunting silent movie. show more

  • Cruise's undeniable star voltage makes it all palatable, and the film is gorgeous to behold and even to listen to, from the rolling green hills to the galloping horses to the "Lohengrin"-like theme music on the sound track. show more

  • Never recovers from its failure to grip or engage in the early going. show more

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