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The Emperor's Club (2002)

 -  Drama  -  22 November 2002 (USA)
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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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Sedgewick Bell
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Elizabeth
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James Ellerby
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Headmaster Woodbridge
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Senator Bell
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Martin Blythe
Rishi Mehta ...
Deepak Mehta
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Louis Masoudi
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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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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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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Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,846,780 (USA) (22 November 2002)

Gross:

$14,060,950 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Kevin Kline's character, William Hundert, is modeled after Robert Nowe, a classical history teacher at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, who inspired the short story on which the film is based. See more »

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When Mr. Hundert exits the helicopter, the blades slow down impossibly quickly between shots. See more »

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[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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VERY good movie
31 December 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I don't care if others think it was predictable - so what? Wasn't Jaws predictable? How about Alien? Once in a while a movie has a lesson in it - like this one. Even if it is a lesson that gets played over and over.

I really didn't care for the mildly romantic banter between Kline's character and his female interest. Maybe the purpose of the character was to show Dr. Hundert was not gay - but that seems awfully shallow to me. If this movie was not about a gay teacher, why did the writer feel obligate to prove the reverse? All in all though, this was a GOOD movie

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