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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


This music is the glue of the world. It holds it all together. 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  »

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ESP 99,050 (Spain)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ballet dancer that Mark tries to kiss during Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" is the daughter of Maxwell Caulfield (Rex Manning). See more »


AJ's jacket when he gives Warren his ID card. See more »


Lucas: Joe, I think it's gonna be okay.
Joe: What makes you think that?
Lucas: Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »


Circle of Friends
Performed by Better Than Ezra
Written by Kevin Griffin
Courtesy of Swell Records
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User Reviews

Perfect...Well, not quite Perfect
11 August 2001 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

For me, Empire Records is a very conflicting movie. On the one hand, it's hysterically funny. On the other hand, it attempts to make great revelations about America's youth. Somehow, though, it all works! Sure, there are some "sappy" predictable parts that you're not sure whether to laugh or cry at, but the timing of these scenes is fantastic. One thing that really struck me about this film is the amazing use of music. Certain songs can be heard repeatedly throughout the movie which really help to distinguish parallel story lines. All in all, I think it's great.

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