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      THE LAST CASTLE

 

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 I was commissioned by Dreamworks to paint a 10x84' mural for the Robert Redford film "The Last Castle" shot in Nashville. The painting was created on plaster in the cafeteria of the old state prison. After filming, I removed the wall  (all 84 feet of it) and displayed the mural in my art gallery.  In 2004 I donated the mural to the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society in Gaffney, South Carolina. The mural depicts "Battle of Cowpens" which occurred in 1781, just a few miles from Gaffney.

 

Me working on the painting.                                                          The painting as it appeared in the movie.

 
 
To the right is the flyer for the film directed by Rod Lurie, starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. The film portrays a struggle between inmates and the warden of the prison, the United States Disciplinary Barracks  located on Fort Leavenworth.  Eugene Irwin, a highly decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant General, was court maritialed and sentenced for insubordination.  He challenges the warden, Colonel Winter, over his treatment of the prisoners. After mobilizing the inmates, Irwin leads an uprising to seize control of the prison and remove Winter from command. The film was released on October 19, 2001.

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