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The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | | 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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Gabriel Millman ...
Robert Brewster (as Gabe Millman)
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Copeland Gray
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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

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,846,780, 24 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,060,950, 26 January 2003
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The first scene filmed was where Hundert spoke to Senator Bell as stated in the audio commentary. See more »

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The beginning of the movie is set in 1975, but there are '80s-model cars in the background. 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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References Contempt (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 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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