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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Brandon Boyce (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn.
Plot:
A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Brad Renfro ... Todd Bowden

Ian McKellen ... Kurt Dussander

Joshua Jackson ... Joey
Mickey Cottrell ... Sociology Teacher

Michael Reid MacKay ... Nightmare Victim

Ann Dowd ... Monica Bowden

Bruce Davison ... Richard Bowden

James Karen ... Victor Bowden
Marjorie Lovett ... Agnes Bowden
David Cooley ... Gym Teacher
Blake Anthony Tibbetts ... Teammate

Heather McComb ... Becky Trask
Katherine Malone ... Student
Grace Sinden ... Secretary

David Schwimmer ... Edward French
Anthony Moore ... Umpire

Elias Koteas ... Archie

Kevin Spirtas ... Paramedic

Michael Byrne ... Ben Kramer
Danna Dennis ... Nurse
Jan Tríska ... Isaac Weiskopf

Joe Morton ... Dan Richler
Michael Artura ... Detective Getty
Donna Marie Brown ... Mother
Mark Flythe ... Darren
Warren Wilson ... Newscaster
Jill Harris ... Reporter
Norbert D. Singer ... Hospital Administrator #1
Mildred Singer ... Hospital Administrator #2
Mary Ottman ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell Britt ... Student (uncredited)
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Richard Dunn ... Man with Bags (uncredited)
Joseph Ashton Montgomery ... Student (uncredited)

Phaedra Neitzel ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Singer 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen King (novella "Apt Pupil")

Brandon Boyce (screenplay)

Produced by
Tom DeSanto .... co-producer (as Thomas DeSanto)
Jane Hamsher .... producer
Tim Harbert .... executive producer
Don Murphy .... producer
John Ottman .... associate producer
Jay Shapiro .... associate producer
Bryan Singer .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Ottman 
 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Ottman 
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
 
Art Direction by
Kathleen M. McKernin 
 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Herwitt 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Mingenbach 
 
Makeup Department
Jori Jenae .... makeup artist
Kerry Mendenhall .... assistant hair stylist
Daniel Parker .... makeup designer
Daniel Parker .... makeup supervisor
Joni Powell .... key makeup artist (as Joni Meers Powell)
Edward St. George .... key hair stylist
Lisa Rocco .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tim Harbert .... unit production manager
Hilarie Roope .... post-production supervisor (as Hilarie Roope Benz)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Altschul .... first assistant director
Scott Cameron .... assistant director
Kelly Kiernan .... second assistant director (as Kelly A. Kiernan)
Robert A. Neft .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pete Allyn .... construction coordinator
James Amado .... swing gang
Ayenne J. Applebaum .... lead scenic
Jenny Baum .... set dresser
Michael Blair .... construction foreman (as Mike Blair)
Chris Call .... property master
John Coven .... storyboard artist
David Eckert .... set designer
Nick Gillie .... swing gang
Frederika Gray .... stand-by painter
Katherine Lipsitt .... swing gang
Richard McConnell .... propmaker
Walt Mikolwski .... construction foreman (as Walter Mikowlski)
Rhonda Paynter .... swing gang
Portia Perry .... paint foreman
Christopher Redmond .... assistant property master
Steve Roll .... carpenter
Amy Shock .... set designer
Andre Sowards .... props
Jeffrey Thomas .... greensman
Bill Vernetti .... swing gang
Szu Wang .... swing gang
Michael Whetstone .... leadman
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (as Jim Ashwill)
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Simon Coke .... sound editor
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Haight .... sound editor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Lew .... foley recordist
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Michael .... supervising sound editor
Nash Michael .... sound editor
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Rodger Pardee .... sound editor
Geoffrey Patterson .... sound mixer (as Geoffrey Lucius Patterson)
Marsha Sorce .... sound recordist
Mark Steinbeck .... boom operator (as Mark D. Steinbeck)
Thomas Thoms .... cable puller
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phillip Beck .... special effects supervisor (as Philip Beck Jr.)
Ron Petruccione .... special effects technician
Chris L. Ward .... special effects technician (as Chris Ward)
 
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera
 
Stunts
Dustin Courtney .... stunts
Ben Jensen .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Baer .... still photographer
Chad C. Barrow .... best boy grip
Vicki Brinkman .... camera loader
Jonathan Brown .... camera operator (as Jonathan W. Brown)
Keith Gorman .... board operator (as Keith A.F. Gorman)
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David Horton .... grip
Dustin A. Huber .... rigging gaffer (as Dustin Huber)
Jason Jensen .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Jimmy Jensen)
William T. Jones .... rigging key grip (as William T. [Jake] Jones)
Patricia Lee .... lamp operator (as Patti Lee)
Art Martin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Darryl Murchison .... lamp operator
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... chief lighting technician (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Pat O'Mara .... rigging grip
Bill Petty .... grip
Chis Rountree .... grip (as Chris Roundtree)
Tom Skulski .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Chuck Turner .... grip
Christopher Whitman .... best boy electric
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (as Bill Wynn)
Michael Chang .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Art Martin .... Steadicam first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Charles Matthews .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanne Ione Flynn .... set costumer
Meredith McLaughlin .... costumer
Parker Poole .... costumer (as C. Parker Poole)
B.J. Rogers .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Bozanich .... second assistant editor
Roger Fenton .... associate editor
Tirsa Hackshaw .... second assistant editor (as Tirsa K. Hackshaw)
Jesse Hove .... post-production assistant
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Masahi Mizuno .... post-production assistant
Shannon O'Bryan .... post-production office coordinator
Michael Storm .... post-production assistant
John Palermo .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charlie Bouis .... music recordist
Tim Boyle .... music mixer
Tim Boyle .... music recordist
Bruce Donnelly .... additional orchestrator
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
Larry Groupé .... conductor
Larry Groupé .... orchestrations
Frank Macchia .... orchestrations
John Ottman .... orchestrations
Robert Puff .... music preparation
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Lia Vollack .... music editor
Lia Vollack .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Jim Frear .... transportation captain
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Rick Benattar .... assistant: Ms. Hamsher/Mr. Murphy
Mellanie Bradfield .... script supervisor
Craig Conover .... craft service
Robin Cross .... first assistant accountant
Julie Duvic .... location manager
Ethel Edwards .... production assistant
Maureen Estes .... studio teacher
Susan Giordano .... first assistant accountant (as Susan L. Giordano)
Bryan Guenzel .... production assistant
Peter Haas .... unit publicist
Thomas M. Harper .... production assistant
John Herget .... set medic (as John 'Blue' Herget)
Joy Lissandrello .... production assistant
Jo McIllece .... production coordinator (as JoJo Leachman McIllece)
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Johnston H. Moore .... assistant production coordinator
Andy Norris .... production assistant
Shannon O'Bryan .... production secretary
Robert Ohlandt .... production assistant (as Robert J. Ohlandt)
Mary Ottman .... medical advisor (as Marry Ottman R.N.)
Anton Pardoe .... assistant location manager (as Anton B. Pardoe)
William R. Peck .... production assistant
Blake Perkinson .... production assistant
Michael Provart .... production assistant
Matthew Spiegel .... production assistant
Scott Storm .... production assistant (as Scott A. Storm)
Eric 'Sprocket' Uporsky .... production assistant (as Eric Uporsky)
Bob Weber .... production accountant
Roee Wiczyk .... assistant: Mr. Singer
Sherry Williams .... payroll
Jeremy Alter .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Terry Goldman .... assistant: Mr. Ottman (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Berenbaum .... special thanks: SHOAH (as Michael Bernbaum)
Richard Dreyfuss .... special thanks
Christopher McQuarrie .... special thanks
Michael Puopolo .... special thanks
Jason Rodriguez .... special thanks
Leslie Swift .... special thanks: US Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.
 

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Also Known As:
"Golden Boy" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of strong violence, language and brief sexuality
Runtime:
111 min | Argentina:112 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby SR
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 35516)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Todd's high school mascot (the Pirates) and school color (green and gold) are the same as director Bryan Singer's old high school. Also, the number on Todd's varsity jacket (85) is the year Bryan graduated.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the entire movie, Danker/Dussander's kitchen window is always closed. Except for the exact moment "Timmy" the orange cat needs to escape from being stuffed in the oven, then it's suddenly open. Magic cat anyone?See more »
Quotes:
Kurt Dussander:[regarding the killing] We had opened a door and couldn't be shut.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "State of Play: Episode #1.4" (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tony's AnalysisSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Interesting tale of cat and mouse based on the idea that someone can become obsessed with a certain text., 26 April 2008
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

The underlying theme Apt Pupil maintains throughout is attention to texts and attention to texts that can inspire and influence but for all the wrong reasons. Apt Pupil does not have a set up; it jumps right into its narrative from the very beginning as close to perfect student Todd Bowden (Renfro) sits there having gone through a lecture on the infamous Holocaust that took place during the 1930s and 40s in Central and Eastern Europe. Todd looks disturbed and yet intrigued at the same time; the opening credits roll after the teacher rubs out 'Jews' written on the chalk board, with the credits doubling up as a montage as Todd goes deeper and deeper into the history of the Holocaust and picks up on lots of information.

From here, Todd has had his mind polluted with a text he has done every attempt to read up on and is now in a different sort of mindset but since we did not know him before the film started, it is his psyche that has been attributed to him. Similarly to the American couple who went on a spree after seeing Badlands; similarly to the French couple who shot and robbed a liquor store after seeing Natural Born Killers and similarly to the hoodlums in Britain who dressed up and beat tramps after seeing A Clockwork Orange, media texts and texts in general can inspire and influence. Todd's story is a study of this and it become doubly dangerous when he realises local neighbour Kurt Dussander (McKellan) is an ex-Nazi in hiding.

From this intriguing set up comes a film that unfolds at a satisfying pace, delivers shocks and the odd surprise whilst maintaining a healthy amount of suspense. The film spends most of its first third informing us that the Holocaust was a 'bad thing' with its trailing off of stories that Kurt delivers to Todd and its dream sequences that Todd must endure. But at the same time, this only further emphasises Todd's fascination and displays how vulnerable he really is. There are two scenes in which Todd hallucinates about the Holocaust; one of which is when he is peering into a window at a dying Jew who cries out for help but Todd awakes in a cold sweat – he didn't enjoy it. The second of which takes place in the shower when he imagines he is a Jew himself. But he snaps out of it and pants in relief it's over.

These reactions display fear and anxiety toward such visions but it is not long before he is treating friends like dirt, participating in animal cruelty and wanting to witness first hand a Nazi drill from the real thing. There are two symmetrical scenes during which both Todd and Kurt partake in animal cruelty emphasising that Todd is perhaps entering the mindset of a Nazi whilst one who has already been there and been one also tries his hand at animal cruelty – disturbingly fitting how it involved an oven. But at this point, Todd has already bordered on the insane since his readings of the subject and the stories of the ex-Nazi have deterred him from the straight and narrow; it echoes the scene in Taxi Driver when Travis pretends to 'shoot' the porn stars on the screen in the cinema – he has seen the filth and the bare bones of the subject first hand and is now building up a fascination; albeit and 'anti' fascination as opposed to Todd's fascination which makes him want to hurt, upset and maim.

And so as the film progresses, so does the intrigue and the deception. One of the films more memorable scenes involves a homeless man who for one reason or another gets in on the blackmail and believes he'll be permitted to stay at Kurt's house given a twist that occurs. Kurt may have other ideas and the scene in which he strokes the man's bald head (probably echoing the way he did for the Jews following their head shaving) is tense and unnerving. But the student/pupil relationship takes a bizarre route and Todd buys Kurt a uniform, demanding to see him in it and demanding a performance – I don't think there is much of a homo-erotic 'gaze' that follows but there is certainly a lot more 'I'll look out for you, you look out for me' emphasis and everything gets a little more 'touchy-feely' if you know what I mean.

Despite, in my opinion, one of the biggest mis-castings in a film from last decade; David Schwimmer turns up with a silly looking moustache and some tacky looking glasses and plays a school counsellor. His presence adds another ingredient to the boiling pot but just when the game looks up in a forgettable scene, Todd is quite literally saved by the bell. Then there are the lingering close ups of the handshakes, the creepy smile and those eyes behind those glasses – is there something we should know? Apt Pupil is engaging and good fun for what it is but there are some sloppy scenes and some incidental occurrences but what good there is, is either nerve jangling, tense or unpredictable.

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