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Empire Records (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  20 October 1995 (USA)
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The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina (as Renee Zellweger)
Mark (as Ethan Randall)
Warren (as Brendan Sexton)
Gary Bolen ...
Kimber Sissons ...
Woman at Craps Table (as Kimber Monroe)


A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Damn the Man! Save the Empire! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Empire  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


ESP 99,050 (Spain)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (special extended edition)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A DVD version released in 2003 entitled "Empire Records Remix, the Fan Edition" featured a new edit of the film with scenes never seen before, along with new deleted scenes, special features, and more. See more »


In the car, Gina takes hold of the Rex Manning record with her left hand, reaching over her right arm which is on the wheel. In the next shot she holds the record in her right hand, and her left is on the wheel. See more »


Joe: Gina, you'd better go home.
Gina: Am I fired?
Joe: Have I fired anyone today? No. Why would I start with you?
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Crazy Credits

Mark & Eddie sitting on the curb in front of the store talking about bands. See more »


References Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) See more »


If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
Performed by AC/DC
Written by Angus Young, Bon Scott (as Bon Scott) & Malcolm Young
Courtesy of EastWest Records America
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products/and Abeles, Clark, Osterberg & Prager
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User Reviews

15 August 2003 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

what are you talking about, this film is great. the characters ARE just slacker idiots, thats the point, it means more people can possibly identify with them. the soundtrack is amazing too and the use of it is done best in this film since possibly pulp fiction, the music in most film is just used as background noise, in this film it is part of it and is used to emphasise the story. thisis th ebest film ive seen in ages and i watch alot of movies.

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