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The Last Samurai

Release Date: December 5th, 2003

DVD Release Date: May 4th, 2004

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: War, Adventure, Action, Drama

Production Co: Cruise-Wagner Productions, Radar Pictures, Bedford Falls Productions, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Emotional, Rivalry, Sacrifice, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Hugely satisfying entertainment that will attract a broad spectrum of audiences around the world. Zwick fully exploits the star power at his disposal, pairing off Cruise and Japanese star Ken Watanabe as two larger-than-life warriors. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
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