The Last Legion

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Overview

Co-adapted by Tom Butterworth and Jez Butterworth from Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best-selling historical adventure novel, Doug Lefler's period epic The Last Legion unfurls in 470 A.D., just prior to the fall of the colossal Roman Empire. As the most recent in a long line of caesars, a young Roman child, Romulus Thomas Sangster, is poised to inherit the throne -- until Germanic forces invade, lay siege to the city, and brutally murder his parents. At the last second, with his life hanging by a thread, Romulus ...
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Overview

Co-adapted by Tom Butterworth and Jez Butterworth from Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best-selling historical adventure novel, Doug Lefler's period epic The Last Legion unfurls in 470 A.D., just prior to the fall of the colossal Roman Empire. As the most recent in a long line of caesars, a young Roman child, Romulus Thomas Sangster, is poised to inherit the throne -- until Germanic forces invade, lay siege to the city, and brutally murder his parents. At the last second, with his life hanging by a thread, Romulus receives the protection of military commander Aurelius Colin Firth, who assembles a cadre of rebels, including Romulus, the boy's magician instructor, Ambrosinus Sir Ben Kingsley, and the Indian female warrior Mira Aishwarya Rai. After Romulus discovers an enchanted sword once claimed by Julius Caesar, the troupe heads out to the province of Britannia and Hadrian's Wall. There, the men will regroup with the Ninth Legion and plan one final triumphant stand against the barbarian invaders of Rome.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with optionsl commentary; Fight scene choreography; From the director's sketchbook: a storyboard-to-film comparison; Making the Last Legion; Commentary by director Doug Lefler; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • UPC: 796019807753
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,689

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Firth Aurelius
Ben Kingsley Ambrosinus
Aishwarya Rai Mira
Peter Mullan Odoacer
Kevin McKidd Wulfilla
John Hannah Nestor
Thomas Sangster Romulus
Iain Glen Orestes
James Cosmo Hrothgar
Harry Van Gorkum Vortgyn
John Nahhan
Alexander Siddig Theodorus Andronikus
Technical Credits
Doug Lefler Director
Carmelo Agate Production Designer
Tarak Ben Ammar Producer
Lucy Bevan Casting
Jez Butterworth Screenwriter
Tom Butterworth Screenwriter
Carlo Carlei Original Story
James Clayton Executive Producer
Simon Cozens Editor
Chris Curling Co-producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Lorenzo De Maio Co-producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Taoufik Guiga Co-producer
Iveta Hrdlovicova Co-producer
Valerio Massimo Manfredi Original Story
Marco Pontecorvo Cinematographer
Peter Rader Original Story
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Philip Robertson Co-producer
Paolo Scalabrino Costumes/Costume Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Legion
1. A Common Thief [6:05]
2. Just a Boy [4:40]
3. Sworn to Serve [3:53]
4. Romulus Is Taken [3:33]
5. No Respect for Caesar [6:32]
6. The Rescue [4:45]
7. A Girl Warrior [2:31]
8. Pentagle [4:43]
9. Secret Sword [3:19]
10. Save the Emperor [6:10]
11. Nestor's Betrayal [5:48]
12. North to Britannia [5:32]
13. Hadrian's Wall [5:34]
14. Moments of Peace [5:11]
15. The Blacksmith's Family [4:49]
16. Preparing for Battle [5:04]
17. The Ninth Legion [5:37]
18. Death of Vortgyn [4:39]
19. No More War [5:11]
20. End Credits [7:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Last Legion
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   Captions & Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Special Features
      View the Film With Commentary by Director Doug Lefler: On/Off
      Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary: On/Off
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         Romulus in the Soldier's Camp
         Aurelius and Ambrosinus on the Steps After Villa Attack
         Bird Flies Off With Wulfila's Finger
         Eating Maggot-Filled Bread
         Extended Ambrosinus Fight in Capri
         Before the Burned Out Village
         Batiatus and Mira Discuss Aurelius' Dead Wife
         Aurelius Sees Mira in Her Dress
         Aurelius and Ambrosinus Before the Final Battle
         Alternate Final Battle
      Fight Scene Choreography
      Making the Last Legion
      From the Director's Sketchbook: A Storyboard-to-Film Comparison
      Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    THE LAST LEGION, apparently based on the novel of the same name by Valerio Manfredi and cut and pasted together as a screenplay by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, Carlo Carlei and Peter Rader, may come across as a rather under-budgeted film as directed by an earnest Doug Lefler, but it does seem to have heart. The scenery is terrific and the cast consists of some of the better actors on screen who seem to have taken on this project out of respect for Lefler. It is entertaining but hardly deep. Based partly on history, the story begins with the short reign of 12-year-old Caesar Romulus Augustus (Thomas Sangster) just days before the Goths overthrown the city of Rome. Under the protection of Aurelius (Colin Firth) and Demetrius (a buffed up and solid Rupert Friend!) and after the death of his parents, the young Caesar takes to the hills only to be captured and sentenced to isolation on Capri with his trusted teacher and advisor Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley of course). So far so true. From here however we begin the struggle for finding troops to re-take Rome and end up in Britannia, the home of the last legion of Roman soldiers. Along the way the escaping group is joined by a Mira (Aishwarya Rai), a beautiful 'soldier' from Constantinople and all manner of Goths and turncoat Romans (John Hannah, Iain Glen, Peter Mullan, Owen Teale, Harry Van Gorkum, James Cosmo, et al), but once in Britannia their struggles are rewarded by finding the sword of Caesar that saves the day and becomes embedded in a stone and renamed Ex Caliber. And oh yes, Ambrosinus stays alive through the years to become Merlin, the one who now advises King Arthur as a child who will successfully pull the sword from the stone! There is a sincerity of style here and a group of fine actors who seem like they are enjoying their holiday and that feeling extends to the audience. Keep expectations low and the film will provide a satisfying evening's entertainment. Grady Harp

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Last Legion

    A really actioned packed film set in 460 AD,i bought this show to see how Aishwarya Rai acted and i have to say i was thoroughly impressed because at first her character was masked and therefore i thought she was a man but then she started fighting and Whoa!It's girlpower in a world and time where men rule and only men can fight and be warriors,The movie was good and i really enjoyed it.There is humour,a lot of action,a tad bit romance and i was kept at the edge of my seat watching The Last Legion.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A whimsical and historical look at mythology.

    Having read the book first I found the movie a somewhat enjoyable and exciting way to give life to the characters. The plot (good vs evil)was woven into historical backround and with very good direction. The attention to details was noticed by this viewer as was the way the love story inside the story was done. The ending really floored me as to how all the tie ins were brought together in a final scene. A movie that may not be for everyone, but to those who enjoy history intertwined with the whimisial it was a good film to view and maybe watch again.

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