MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 92 this week

Apt Pupil (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  23 October 1998 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 27,608 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 249 user | 111 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Jul 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 06 Jun 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 13 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Apt Pupil" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Apt Pupil (1998)

Apt Pupil (1998) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Apt Pupil.

User Polls

6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Public Access (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Ron Marquette, Bert Williams, Leigh Hunt
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor
Bully (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia
Mockingbird Lane (TV Movie 2012)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily, a sexy vamp. Lily's niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and Lily... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, Charity Wakefield
Collector (2008)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Justin Sayer suffers from a mental illness which causes vivid hallucinations. The voices in his head have caused him to isolate himself from the world and from his two year old son. After ... See full summary »

Director: Dempsey Tillman
Stars: Matthew Boylan, Brad Renfro
Valkyrie (2008)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten
Apt Pupil (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Alan Bridges
Stars: Ricky Schroder, Nicol Williamson
Lion's Den (1988)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Directors: John Ottman, Bryan Singer
Stars: Brandon Boyce, Ethan Hawke, Dylan Kussman
Uprising (2018)
Sci-Fi

A colony on the moon stages a revolution against the governing powers on Earth. Based on Robert Heinlein's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress".

Director: Bryan Singer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Joey
...
Sociology Teacher
...
Nightmare Victim
...
Monica Bowden
...
Richard Bowden
...
Victor Bowden
Marjorie Lovett ...
Agnes Bowden
David Cooley ...
Gym Teacher
Blake Anthony Tibbetts ...
Teammate
...
Becky Trask
Katherine Malone ...
Student
Grace Sinden ...
Secretary
...
Edit

Storyline

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. Written by Casey Ward <ward@citizen.infi.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El aprendiz  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,583,151 (USA) (23 October 1998)

Gross:

$8,838,938 (USA) (1 January 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is based on a novella (a long short story) by Stephen King from a book of short stories called "Different Seasons" which also includes "The Body" which became Stand by Me (1986) and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" which became The Shawshank Redemption (1994). See more »

Goofs

The SS uniform that Todd buys for Dussander has the collar insignia of an Obersturmbannführer (equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel). However the braided shoulder straps lack the single pips they should have for this rank. See more »

Quotes

Todd Bowden: All great achievements arose from dissatisfaction. It is the desire to do better, to dig deeper that propels a civilization to greatness. All of us have heard the story of Icarus, the young boy who took the wings his father built for him. Wings that were meant to carry him over the ocean to freedom and used them instead for a joyride. For a brief moment Icarus felt what it was like to live like a god, to touch the sun, to soar above the common man. And for doing so he payed the ultimate price. ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Way of the Gun (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Tony's Analysis
Written by Van Alexander
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Evil Feeding Evil
26 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Apt Pupil is a movie of symbolism, it is a movie of metamorphosis, it is not a movie to be brushed off, taken lightly, nor is it to be watched if you want anything even remotely uplifting. It is a thoroughly depressing movie about corruption and the very root of evil. You'll find no plot summary here because you can scroll up slightly and find one. I can tell you Ian McKellen is one of the finest actors in the world and even solidifies that unlikely people like Brad Renfro and David Schwimmer can be incredible actors in their own rights. The movie poses several questions, almost none of which it answers and indeed might not have answers. It is, at it's core, about evil feeding into evil. The boy's evil reawakens the old man's evil, the old man's evil stokes the boy's evil and it continues to crescendo throughout coming to an incredible climax. A fascinating and thoroughly challenging movie.


26 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who else felt really bad for the homeless man? arkayenether
A terrible film. jeremy3
For all the people that worry a real cat was harmed in this film... krasnyoktyabr
How much like the book? Gorgeous_Mistake
Is this just a short story or is a novel? jesy-1
I couldn't finish watching it. storey_12
Discuss Apt Pupil (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?