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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


They're selling music but not selling out. 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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Technical Specs


| (special extended edition)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time this movie was made, Coyote Shivers was married to Bebe Buell, which made him the step-father of co-star Liv Tyler. See more »


When Gina and Corey are talking and Corey takes off her bra it can be seen on the table, then at the end of the table, then gone, and Eddie picks it up off the ground. See more »


A.J.: Lucas, hey Lucas. Hey Lucas. What the hell are you doin' here, man?
Lucas: Something happened to me last night. In Atlantic City.
A.J.: Oh, you went to Atlantic City?
Mark: Wow! Did you win anything?
Lucas: No. I did not win. So if you guys ever wonder if it was nice to know you, I tell you now that it was.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Endless Summer 2 (1994) See more »


Performed by Real
Written by Riz Story
Courtesy of Vis-a-Vis Records
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User Reviews

See it twice to appreciate it.....you'll be lukewarm the first time and love it the second time.
19 December 2001 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. This movie is the kind of movie I watch movies for (um....did you follow that?). I would make one suggestion, however....watch it twice before you decide if you like it or not. If you're like me you'll probably be lukewarm the first time you see it but like it more each time you see it after that.

The reason for seeing it twice is because the film's strong points become more evident the second (and beyond) time around. Each character is well-defined, with individual traits and idiosynchracies, but this can be lost the first time through because you're trying to follow the story. There is a very strong soundtrack for the movie, but you appreciate it more the second time through, because you better understand how the music applies to the scene. The actors have great chemistry and the character interactions are great. The movie never takes itself very seriously and it's just a lot of fun to watch. You'll find yourself rewinding it to see certain scenes again and again.

I grant you the movie will never win any Academy nominations. The plot is simplistic and the "neat" ending (all problems solved perfectly in just one day) is unrealistic (not that this bothered me....I personally loved the ending....if I want "reality" I'll watch the evening news). Also, trying to follow the storyline tends to take away from the character interaction the first time you see it; hence, the suggestion to see it at least twice. I actually didn't care for it the first time I saw it because I was looking at it strictly story-wise. The second time I saw it I concentrated on the characters and the dialogue(which I loved), and that's when I realized the appeal. If you're into serious movies that reflect real life and real suffering, you'll probably want to pass on this one. However, if you watch movies to have fun and laugh, watch this one. Also, if you like music- especially a moderately wide variety- you'll enjoy it. It's worth your time, but save the beer for the second viewing. "Sugarhigh" is awesome- Well done, Gina! Hot voice.... Oh, and Damn the Man! 9 out of 10.

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