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The Last Samurai

HD   R Closed Captioning

Edward Zwick

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About the Movie

Epic Action Drama. Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 219
  • Fresh: 144
  • Rotten: 75
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The script lays on hokey narration and bombastic dialogue. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: It's easy to stand back and wax ironic about The Last Samurai. But it's not all that difficult to succumb to its full-spirited romanticism either. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Cruise's undeniable star voltage makes it all palatable, and the film is gorgeous to behold and even to listen to. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 15, 2004

Fresh: Even though The Last Samurai is brutal, exhausting and so not my kind of movie, it is extremely well-made and undeniably engrossing. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One Of My Favorites

One of my favorite movies. A drunken Soldier gets a chance to discover what it truly means to be a Warrior and redeem his past mistakes. Although I would rather purchase the movie. Mark this up if you'd like the ability to purchase the great film.

i dont understand

What is going on with itunes?????? If you let us rent...why not let us buy?? this makes me sad

I agree

This is a fantastic movie and one that I am ready to own!