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Empire Records -- A comedy about an eventful day in the lives of the young slackers, doers and dreamers who work at a bustling record store.
Empire Records -- 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.
Empire Records -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Carol Heikkinen (written by)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony LaPaglia ... Joe Reaves

Maxwell Caulfield ... Rex Manning

Debi Mazar ... Jane

Rory Cochrane ... Lucas

Johnny Whitworth ... A.J.

Robin Tunney ... Debra

Renée Zellweger ... Gina (as Renee Zellweger)

Ethan Embry ... Mark (as Ethan Randall)

Coyote Shivers ... Berko

Brendan Sexton III ... Warren (as Brendan Sexton)

Liv Tyler ... Corey Mason

James 'Kimo' Wills ... Eddie

Ben Bode ... Mitchell Beck
Gary Bolen ... Croupier
Kimber Sissons ... Woman at Craps Table (as Kimber Monroe)
Tony Zaar ... High Roller

Patt Noday ... Reporter

Julia Howard ... Kathy
Kessia Embry ... Autograph Girl (as Kessia Randall)
Michele Seidman ... Cop #1
Diana Taylor ... Cop #2
Bernard Granger ... Cop #3

Michael Harding ... Cop #4 (as Mike Harding)
Dave Brockie ... Lead Singer
Gwar ... Band in Mark's Daydream
Kawan Rojanatavorn ... Flower Delivery Guy
Corey Joshua Taylor ... Roulette Table Man
Melissa Caulfield ... Ballet Dancer
Lara Travis ... Veronica

Dianna Miranda ... Lilly (scenes deleted)
Rico Fleming ... Couch Kid #1

Brandon Crawford ... Couch Kid #2
Elizabeth Grapentien ... 'Say No More' Woman
Pandora J. Nousianen ... CD Customer
Nello Tare ... Mello
Kelly Carruth ... Girl on Couch
Mark Menchhofer ... Clapton Customer

Tobey Maguire ... Andre (scenes deleted)
Anthony Hemingway ... Boom Box Kid
Paizhe Pressley ... Girl #1

Joanna Canton ... Girl #2
Lee Etta Sutton ... Button Customer
Craig Edwards ... Male Rex Manning Fan
Jesse Bechtel ... Customer #1

Karen Brigman ... Customer #2
David Myers Gray ... Customer #3
Bob Sayer ... Customer #4
David Lenthall ... Meg Ryan Customer

Andrea Powell ... Mariah Carey Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Embry ... Moshing Guy (uncredited)
Rob Morris ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Moyle 
Writing credits
Carol Heikkinen (written by)

Produced by
Paul Kurta .... co-producer
Tony Ludwig .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Michael G. Nathanson .... producer (as Michael Nathanson)
Alan Riche .... producer
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd 
Film Editing by
Michael Chandler 
Casting by
Gail Levin 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
Art Direction by
John Huke 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Susan Buffington .... second assistant hair stylist
Jeff Goodwin .... key makeup artist
Rick Pour .... assistant makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... key hair stylist
Lizz Scalice .... assistant hair stylist
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager
Cecilia Kate Roque .... assistant unit production manager (as Cecilia K. Roque)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stefania Girolami Goodwin .... second second assistant director
Paul Kurta .... second unit director
Philip A. Patterson .... second assistant director
Joel Segal .... first assistant director (as Joel B. Segal)
Art Department
Susan Agnoff .... art department coordinator
Evelyn Barbier .... set designer
Robert Beck .... property master (as Robbie Beck)
Colleen Broderick .... set dresser
Daniel Cipriani .... stand-by painter (as Dan Cipriani)
Tim Eckel .... set designer
John Frick .... assistant art director
Hal Gardner .... set dresser
Beth Giles .... assistant property master
Beejay Grob .... set dresser
Alan Hook .... set designer
Andy Krish .... on-set dresser (as Andrew J. Krish)
Willie Lamb .... set dresser
Max Letissier .... set dresser
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman (as James Onate)
Mick Ryan .... general foreman (as Michael Ryan)
Kelly Safrit .... set designer (as Kelly Safrit-Jones)
Paul Saunders .... construction foreman
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Bruce S. Seymour .... on-set dresser (as Bruce Seymour)
Brian Stultz .... chargeman scenic artist
Matthew Sullivan .... set dresser (as Matt Sullivan)
Ken Wilson .... leadman
Ralph Woollaston .... construction foreman
Juliette Blasor .... specialty props (uncredited)
Chris Crowder .... carpenter (uncredited)
Randy Huke .... art consultant (uncredited)
Brian Kontz .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Gregory Messer .... props assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Michael Ryan .... general foreman (uncredited)
Roger Scruggs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... supervising sound editor
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Larry Collins .... sound recordist
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor
Linda Folk .... adr supervisor
Sukey Fontelieu .... adr editor
Scott Ganary .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley supervisor
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor
Linda Keim .... sound effects editor
J. Patrick Lawlor .... cable person
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Paul O'Bryan .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Adam Sawelson .... dialogue editor
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Scott Houle .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Greg Hull .... special effects coordinator
William Purcell .... special effects foreman (as Will Purcell)
John Copeman .... stunt double: Lucas
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Christopher Derek Lee .... stunt double: Warren (as Christopher Lee Bennett)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... camera operator (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
George Ball .... gaffer
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Clarence Brown .... dolly grip
Carolyn Chen .... director of photography: second unit
Joe D'Alessandro .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Joseph C. D'Alessandro)
Joseph E. Gallagher .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Joseph Gallagher)
Rufus Granger Jr. .... dolly grip
Scott Graves .... rigging gaffer
Ken Hudson .... second assistant camera (as Kenneth David Hudson)
Eric Moore .... camera loader
Jeff Moore .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... camera loader (as Mary Stankiewicz)
Kurt Strazdins .... camera intern
Eric Swanek .... steadicam assistant
Randy Tambling .... key grip (as Randal Tambling)
John Verardi .... first assistant camera (as John F. Verardi)
Aaron G. Woolf .... best boy electric (as Aaron Wolf)
Dennis Zoppe .... best boy grip
Eddie Bowlin .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Scott Graves .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Hamilton .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Laughon .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Michael Negrin .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... local casting: Wilmington
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Tricia Tomey .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Buchanan .... costumer (as Rachel Hepler)
Wanda Evans .... seamstress
Sevilla Granger .... costumer (as Cherie Granger)
Carolyn Greco .... costume supervisor
Levert C. Miller .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Adam C. Frank .... lightworks assistant
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Thomas J. Nordberg .... first assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Sondra Watanabe .... lightworks assistant
Calvin Wimmer .... second assistant editor
Trudy Yee .... lightworks assistant
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant editor (as Pamela J. Yuen)
Mark Perzely .... assistant editor: lightworks (uncredited)
Music Department
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Desiree Craig .... music coordinator
Pennie Ellis .... location music assistant (as Pennie D. Ellis)
Karen Glauber .... music consultant
Bob Knickman .... associate music supervisor
Larry Frankland Lee .... composer: additional music (as Larry Lee)
Mitchell Leib .... executive soundtrack album producer
Mitchell Leib .... music supervisor
Michael Lippman .... consultant: soundtrack album
Terry Lippman .... consultant: soundtrack album
Jonathan McHugh .... executive soundtrack album producer
Brian Reeves .... composer: additional music
Hope Sugarman .... music production manager (as Hope Stolley-Sugarman)
Riz Story .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jeff Long .... transportation captain
Bill Pitts .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Molly Allen .... location manager
Rick Baer .... assistant production accountant
Shauna Beal .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Alisa Brownlow .... intern
Ernest Burnett .... assistant: Mr. Nathanson
Amy Chance .... assistant production coordinator
Tim Christenson .... assistant: Mr. Kurta
Debra Collins .... loading intern
Liza Cook .... production assistant
Craig Edwards .... production assistant
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
Beau Guyott .... intern
Emily Heinritz .... intern
Therese Honeycutt .... craft service
Geoffrey C. Lands .... production assistant
Melissa Maxfield .... studio teacher (as Melissa Maready)
Emily McGovern .... production assistant
Nicole Mehterian .... assistant: Mr. Ludwig and Mr. Riche
Mary Weisgerber Meyer .... location manager
Kelly Monk .... intern
Eric Moore .... projectionist
Gaea Powell .... assistant: Mr. Nathanson (as Gaea Powell Brown)
Patty Reid .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Sara Seidman .... voice coach
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Joy Todd .... dialogue coach
Virginia Ussery .... craft service (as Virginia W. Ussery)
Annie Welles .... script supervisor
David Wendell .... assistant: Mr. Moyle
George Whitley .... assistant location manager (as George Lee Whitley)
Caleb Womble .... production assistant (as J. Caleb Womble)
Alex L. Worman .... unit publicist (as Alex Worman)
Stephanie Hart .... background crew (uncredited)
Joanne Martin Hinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim McCarthy .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Sue Bea Montgomery .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Warren Smith .... production supervisor: re-shoots, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue
90 min | USA:107 min (special extended edition)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Canada:14A | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:12 | USA:PG-13

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A sign by the register that says "Have a nice daze" shows the logo for Dazed and Confused (1993). Rory Cochrane, who plays Lucas, played Slater in Dazed and Confused.See more »
Continuity: Deb's nose ring changes sides.See more »
Corey:I'm not like you, I don't need to do what you do with guys.
Gina:Oh, I see, not like me, the turbo-slut.
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What is the first song during the opening credits?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
I do not regret the things I've done, but those I did not do., 2 May 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Empire Records is directed by Allan Moyle and written by Carol Heikkinen. It stars, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazar, Johnny Whitworth, Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Robin Tunney & Ethan Embry. Plot centre's on one day at independent record store Empire Records. With the store under imminent threat of a take over by a corporate chain, this is no ordinary day. For on the day that the store will be visited by a fading pop star, they are forced to confront their personal issues, and maybe, just maybe, learn something about the people they work with.

The film was a box office failure and was met with mostly negative reviews from the professional critics. Coming as it does from the director of critical/cult darling Pump Up the Volume, many were expecting a better and more hard edged picture than what they got. It also had to compete with certain 80's favourites brought to the cinematic world by John Hughes. While coming fast on the heels of the immensely popular Clerks (94) didn't help its cause either. Was it a case of bad timing? Is the film really just poor? And or, as mooted at the time: a career killer for those involved? Personally I think it's a film that needs revisiting now some 15 odd years after its release. In fact time has actually been kind to it and it now appears to have a good solid cult following. So unless you are judging it against the superior, record shop set, High Fidelity, you may find it's a film that's hard to dislike.

Some of the complaints against it are fair, with the main one about it not having fully developed characters being as true as day is a day. While calling it one long stitched together music video has some substance when taking it at face value. Yet what is there is worthy of a second glance, they are interesting characters, and their respective hang-ups and pressures are evident enough for us to hang our hats on; even if it's set up to be accompanied by still more hipster indie rock music. There's also been much guff written about the film as regards calling it a teen angst film. Yes it is, but have these reviewers forgotten about the adults in the movie? LaPaglia's store owner, the father figure, trying to remain cool as his charges come under threat. Or Mazar, needing a wake up call from her job/career ignorance; and the big one, the delightful Caulfield (splendid bit of casting) as fading pop singer Rex Manning, imposter? Indeed. It's all relative as to why Empire Records deserves more than a once only viewing. As for the music, it does indeed rock, with each track carefully selected to be at one with the scene it accompanies. My favourite? AC/DC-If You Want Blood, a ball busting track for a vibrant and kicking scene.

As for it being a career killing movie? The ladies of the piece have done rather well for themselves, Zellweger, Tunney and Tyler have made their marks in the industry, while Mazar has never been without work prior or post Empire Records. The guys haven't hit the heights of Zellweger and Tyler, which in the case of the excellent Rory Cochrane is not only a surprise, but also sad. Cochrane's Lucas is the key character and the glue in the middle of it all, always on hand with a dry quip or some philosophy, he's also supremely cool. Cochrane can be seen in serious mode leading 2006 thriller Right at Your Door. LaPaglia has always worked since 95, playing a number of different supporting characters, and Embry has appeared in big release's such as Vacancy and Eagle Eye. Caulfield has turned into the go to guy for TV shows and Whitworth, who quit acting for a while, pops up from time to time in minor roles such as in 3:10 To Yuma and The Rainmaker. So, not a career killer then.

Stick it to the Man, Baby, Empire Records is a vibrant and funny movie. 7.5/10

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