The Last Legion (2007)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 42 mins

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Circa 460 A.D. Mira was born in a warrior-family in Kerala, India, was well versed in martial arts and self-defense, so much so that she was recruited by the Spanish royalty and re-located to Constantinople. From there she was instructed to assist Roman Commander Aurelius to plan the escape of 12-year old Romulus Augustus Caesar from a prison in Capri after his parents had been killed by the leader of the Alliance in turmoil-stricken Rome that has seen the deaths of five emperors in five years. Mira, Aurelius, and a Priest, Ambrosinius, along with a handful of loyal soldiers were successful in the escape plan and deliver Romulus to Roman Senator Nestor. What the crew do not realize is that their task is not over yet, for Nestor is all set to betray Romulus, leaving them with no alternative but to flee to Britannia, where they will be forced to confront a seemingly invincible Vortygn, whose main aim is to obtain a powerful sword that was meant for defense and defeat, and also ensure the death of Romulus at any and all costs.
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Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth

Crew: Doug Lefler (Director), Marco Pontecorvo (Director of Photography), Patrick Doyle (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Dates: 17 Aug 2007 (India)

Tagline: Before King Arthur, there was Excalibur.

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Did you know? Shots were removed from the U.S. version of the film so it would receive a family (PG-13) rating. (At 24:14, a shot of the crow flying down, picking up Wulfila's finger, and flying out of the room, as well as a shot at 42:06 of Wulfila's face hitting an axe blade, among other shots.) Read More
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as Ambrosinus / Merlin
as Aurelius
as Theodorus Andronikos
as Young Ambrosinus
as Vortgyn
as Orestes
as Hrothgar
as Wulfila
as Batiatus
as Odoacer
as Kustennin
as Demetrius

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
Before King Arthur, there was Excalibur.
The untold beginning of the King Arthur legend.
The end of an empire...the beginning of a legend.
The Roman world is in the throes of death, but a new myth, destined to span the centuries, is waiting to be born.
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
As Romulus passes Caesar's guard in the coronation procession (at around 9 mins), Demetrius mouths the words "We're dead." (In the DVD commentary it is explained that "we took it out just because it was too soft to be heard over the noise of the procession and the music.")
Trivia:
Director Doug Lefler managed to get all of the family of Thomas Brodie-Sangster in the film (uncredited). At 01:01:10 Thomas' mother Anastasia is shown hugging Kustennin, commander of the Ninth Legion, and again at 01:09:40 as Ygraine's mother. At 01:03:25 Thomas' younger sister Ava is shown as the first Celtic girl in the scene where Ambrosinus explains the heritage of Caesar's sword. At 01:10:48 in the background by Kunstennin, as the blacksmith begins stating his view of Romulus living among them, is Thomas' father Mark.

The title is translated as "The Legend of King Arthur's Sword" in Thai.

Ferdinand Kingsley, son of actor Ben Kingsley, played Sir Ben Kingsley's character in flashbacks as a young man in Britannia (at around 13 mins).

Romulus' throne was built specifically so that the feet of 15-year-old Thomas Brodie-Sangster would not touch the floor when he sat in it to reinforce the perception of a small child being dwarfed by events going on about him.

Shots were removed from the U.S. version of the film so it would receive a family (PG-13) rating. (At 24:14, a shot of the crow flying down, picking up Wulfila's finger, and flying out of the room, as well as a shot at 42:06 of Wulfila's face hitting an axe blade, among other shots.)

The statue of Gaio Giulio Cesare (at around 37 mins) was not the primary statue used in Tunisia; rather, it was a special effects statue with a large gaping hole in its back and which was intended to be rigged to blow up. When production moved from Tunisia to Slovakia the primary statue was lost.

Director Doug Lefler says that the story idea started as a film concept at DDLC, then Dino De Laurentiis brought Valerio Manfredi on as a historical consultant and he fell in love with the idea. When progress at DDLC on the film stopped, Valerio Manfredi went off and made a novel of the idea which became successful in Europe and helped get the film going again.