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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Brandon Boyce (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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)
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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
 
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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Additional Details

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:
Cameo: ['Stephen King (I] [) was going to be an extra at the graduation ceremony, but backed out at the last moment, not wishing to detract from any of the shots.]See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Some question Dussander's description of carbon monoxide gas being introduced to gas chambers through pipes, pointing out that Nazi extermination camps used Zyklon B pellets dropped through openings in the roofs of the chambers, which then released prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) gas. While the extermination camps, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Majdanek and KZ camp Sachsenhausen and Dacau did use the Zyklon B method, most of the other major extermination camps (Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka II) and KZ camps used large gas or diesel engines to produce carbon monoxide exhaust, which was then routed to the gas chambers through pipes. This was learned from the experiences of the T-4 project. (The Chelmno camp had no gas chambers, it instead used gas vans, in which the vans' own carbon monoxide exhaust was routed to the rebuild and airtight cargo bay of the vans, which held the victims.)See more »
Quotes:
Kurt Dussander:Boy, be careful. You play with fire.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Too Much Of NothingSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Learning to be evil, 5 February 2009
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Stephen King's Apt Pupil, which is part of the novella collection Different Seasons (alongside the stories that inspired The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me), is a valid example of how you don't need things to be openly supernatural to have a good scary tale: a "human" incarnation of pure evil will do just as fine, and few images are more effective than those of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during WWII.

Okay, minor correction: WWII has virtually nothing to do with this story, given it takes place in 1984. There is a Nazi involved, though: his name is Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen), but he's been living quite peacefully in your average American neighborhood under the name Arthur Denker. However, a young boy named Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro from the Grisham-inspired The Client) manages to uncover the old man's real identity thanks to some thorough research and tells him about the discovery. The unexpected thing is, Todd doesn't want to report Dussander to the police. What he really wants is to learn everything - and he repeatedly emphasizes the word "everything" - about the former Nazi's work under Hitler's regime. Soon enough, the perverse bond between the two starts affecting the boy's grades and behavior, and Dussander isn't unaffected either: somewhere deep inside lies the old Nazi, and that part of his personality would like to come out and play.

The film's screenplay sticks quite faithfully to the basic idea of King's story and reproduces some of the most famous scenes verbatim (except for one moment of animal cruelty, which had to be softened), although a few subplots are excised, presumably for the sake of length and pace. The downside of that is an occasional lack of detail, especially when it comes to the development of Renfro's character. Director Bryan Singer, who obviously found himself in an uncomfortable position to begin with, having to live up to the success of The Usual Suspects, makes up for this flaw by constructing a genuinely tense and unnerving atmosphere, adding to the moral ambiguity by highlighting the homosexual subtext already present in the book (when Todd tells Dussander to f*ck himself, the latter replies: "My dear boy, can't you see? We're f*cking each other.").

Acting-wise, the limelight is inevitably placed on the leading duo, even if the supporting cast, which includes fine character actors like Bruce Davison and Elias Koteas, is quite strong (with the exception of David "Ross" Schwimmer, who isn't entirely at ease in a serious role). Renfro's performance is solid and captivating enough, but like his character he is completely overshadowed by the superb, unsettling McKellen, who inhabits the role of Dussander with his usual Shakespearean grandeur. Case in point: the unforgettable moment when the old man is forced to wear an old SS uniform Todd got his hands on. McKellen carries out the assignment with the dignity of a great tragic thespian, nailing the scene as one of the essential samples of his film career.

Apt Pupil distances itself from The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me in that it isn't as accomplished, most notably when it comes to the inevitable book/film comparison. Then again, it tells a much darker story, which asks the audience to root for a psychotic teenager and an aging Nazi. Flawed it may be, but it certainly is interesting (not to mention carried by an astounding McKellen). It is indeed a different season.

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