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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 | Romance

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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Box Office


$303,841 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debi Mazar had a cameo role as Anthony LaPaglia's date in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). See more »


When Rex is signing autographs one of the women says she has seen every episode of his show "The Family Life." When every other character throughout the movie refers to the show as "The Family Way" See more »


A.J.: ...you know, I got to tell her that I, uh, well, you know, that I uh...
Joe: love her.
A.J.: Yeah, now how do I do that?
Joe: You say I love you. What do you want, written instructions?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Family Guy: Our Idiot Brian (2015) See more »


by Queen Sarah Saturday
[Played in movie during store opening scene before A.J. told Marc he was "exercising his veto man."]
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Happy Days
3 May 2001 | by (Dumfries and Galloway UK) – See all my reviews

This is a films that you can easily watch over and over again and not get sick of. If you are a teenager and havent seen this.. where have you been. Go rent this baby today. This film reminds me of my days working in a certian franchise doing little as possible and slacking off at any time possible. AHHH those where the days..... The acting overall is quite good and along with the pumping soundtrack makes this a joy to watch. GO GET THIS NOW!!!

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