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The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 November 2002 (USA)
An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student.

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(short story "The Palace Thief"), (screenplay)

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James Ellerby
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Rishi Mehta ...
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Gabriel Millman ...
Robert Brewster (as Gabe Millman)
Chris Morales ...
Eugene Field
Luca Bigini ...
Copeland Gray
Michael Coppola ...
Russell Hall
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Mr. Harris
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Storyline

William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to a close student-teacher relationship, but results in a life lesson for Hundert that will still haunt him a quarter of a century later. Written by Anonymous

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In everyone's life there's that one person who makes all the difference.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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22 November 2002 (USA)  »

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The Palace Thief  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,846,780 (USA) (24 November 2002)

Gross:

$14,060,950 (USA) (26 January 2003)
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Kevin Kline attended Saint Louis Priory School in Missouri, a private, all-boys Benedictine high school similar to the school in the film. He drew inspiration for his performance from his experiences there, including one of his Latin teachers. His Priory ring can also be seen in the film on his left hand. After the movie came a question and answer session. One person asked Kevin if it was his ring and he said "yes." and the whole crowd cheered on. See more »

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The boys are studying Latin using the first book of the Cambridge Latin course. The edition they are using is the third edition in hardcover, which wasn't released until 1988. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Valet: Is everything okay, sir?
William Hundert: Fine, thank you. Here.
[reaches into his pocket]
William Hundert: Let me, uh...
Valet: That's not necessary, sir.
[walks away]
William Hundert: [narrating] As I've gotten older, I realize I'm certain of only two things. Days that begin with rowing on a lake are better than days that do not. Second, a man's character is his fate. And as a student of history, I find this hard to refute. For most of us our stories can be written long before we die. There are exceptions among the great men of history, ...
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Connections

References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Funk 49
Written by Jim Fox, Joe Walsh, and Dale Peters
Performed by James Gang
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Kevin Kline at his best
9 December 2002 | by (Woking, England) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Kevin Kline is both a funny man and a fine comedic actor. However, as he has proved yet again, anything other than dramatic roles is a waste of his acting talent.

In the finest film he has made, he is superb in his role as school teacher and mentor to a generation of boys -- including one particular bad egg.

Excellently cast, scripted and acted, this is a must see.


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