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Writers (WGA):
Ethan Canin (short story "The Palace Thief")
Neil Tolkin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 November 2002 (USA) See more »
In everyone's life there's that one person who makes all the difference.
An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... William Hundert

Emile Hirsch ... Sedgewick Bell

Embeth Davidtz ... Elizabeth

Rob Morrow ... James Ellerby

Edward Herrmann ... Headmaster Woodbridge

Harris Yulin ... Senator Bell

Paul Dano ... Martin Blythe
Rishi Mehta ... Deepak Mehta

Jesse Eisenberg ... Louis Masoudi
Gabriel Millman ... Robert Brewster (as Gabe Millman)
Chris Morales ... Eugene Field
Luca Bigini ... Copeland Gray
Michael Coppola ... Russell Hall

Sean Fredricks ... Mr. Harris

Katherine O'Sullivan ... The Nun
Melissa Brown ... Blonde Girl
Sophie Wise ... Brunette
Emily Doubilet ... Redhead (as Emily Dara Doubilet)
Michelle Foody ... Real Redhead
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Mrs. Woodbridge
Charu R. Mehta ... Deepak's Mom
Pamela Wehner ... Senator Bell's Wife
Molly Regan ... Miss Peters

Roger Rees ... Mr. Castle
Helen Carey ... Miss Johnston
Matthew Douglas ... Well Wisher / Good Luck Boy
Charles McConnell ... Third Form Boy
Allan M. Care ... Other Student

Joel Gretsch ... Older Sedgewick Bell

Steven Culp ... Older Martin Blythe

Rahul Khanna ... Older Deepak Mehta

Patrick Dempsey ... Older Louis Masoudi
Jimmy Walsh ... Robert Bell

Elizabeth Hobgood ... Victoria Bell

Purva Bedi ... Anna Mehta

Deirdre Lorenz ... Dr. Kelly Ryan
Anthony Vincent Bova ... Older Robert Brewster
Mark Nichols ... Older Copeland Gray

George F. Miller ... Older Eugene Field (as George Miller)
David C. Hatch ... Older Deibel
Tom Bloom ... Maitre'D
Matthew Clark ... Waiter

James Shanklin ... Valet
Denis Gawley ... Sound Board Mixer
Nick Hagelin ... Martin Blythe the 4th
Henry Glovinsky ... William Simon

Duane McLaughlin ... George Duncan
Jessica Brooks Grant ... Kathryn Scott
Charles Estes ... Howard Hollander
Dominique Deverau ... Tawana Carver

Ben Levin ... Steven Wong
Jase Blankfort ... Alec Matthews
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tim Realbuto ... Jackson Pheiffer
Peter Charuza ... Julius Ceaser Competition Scene Extra (uncredited)
April Crisafulli ... Faculty Wife (uncredited)
Julie E. Davis ... Faculty Member's Wife (uncredited)
Jovette Elise ... Estate Server (uncredited)
Jason Sean Ellis ... Student (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... School Administrator (uncredited)

Rick Karatas ... Alma Mater Singer #1 (uncredited)
Justin Leader ... Student (uncredited)

Burton Mazzone ... Older Hundert Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Hoffman 
Writing credits
Ethan Canin (short story "The Palace Thief")

Neil Tolkin (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
Sean Bailey .... executive producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
Lisa Bruce .... co-producer
Andrew S. Karsch .... producer (as Andy Karsch)
Sidney Kimmel .... executive producer
Cooper Layne .... executive producer
Eric Newman .... executive producer
Michael O'Neill .... co-producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Lajos Koltai 
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Katharina Eggmann 
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Beth Kushnick 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Flynt 
Makeup Department
Milton Buras .... assistant hair stylist
Joseph Farulla .... assistant makeup artist
Leslie Fuller .... makeup department head
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Robert Marty .... post-production supervisor
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor
Helen Silverberg .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Rae Stone .... executive in charge of production
Fred Styles .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fareshta Ahmadi .... dga trainee
Timothy Donohue .... second assistant director (as Timothy S. Donohue)
Denis Doyle .... additional second assistant director
Takahide Kawakami .... second second assistant director
Alexandra E. Perce .... additional first assistant director (as Alexandra Perce)
Todd Pfeiffer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joel Barkow .... property master
Liz Bonaventura .... scenic charge (as Elizabeth Bonaventura)
Kevin Brink .... set dresser
Gary Cergol .... graphic artist
Tamar M. Cohn .... scenic artist
Gerald DeTitta .... lead man
Anthony Dimeo .... property master
Anne Donovan .... scenic artist
Donna L. Drinkwater .... set dresser
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser (as Tony S. Gamiello Sr.)
Kalina Ivanov .... storyboard artist
Robert H. Klatt .... set dresser
Eric M. Metzger .... property assistant (as Eric Metzger)
Mark Newell .... on-set dresser
Gennaro Proscia .... construction coordinator
Jeremy Rosenstein .... art department assistant
Cathy Scorsese .... assistant property master (as Catherine Scorsese)
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
Nancy Stroud .... scenic artist
Jeff Taisey .... construction foreman
Irapaul Turner .... construction shop manager
John Wolanczyk .... stand-by scenic (as John P. Wolanczyk)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Axinn .... assistant adr editor
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording engineer
David Bell .... assistant adr editor
David Bell .... assistant dialogue editor
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Tim Burby .... assistant adr editor
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Sue Fox .... foley editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Chat Gunter .... production sound mixer
Gabriel Guy .... sound mix technician
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Holland .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Lacey .... adr editor
Bruce Lacey .... adr supervisor
Bruce Lacey .... dialogue editor
George Leong .... boom operator
Kira Lewis .... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... additional sound mixer (as Tod Maitland)
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
William Sarokin .... production sound mixer
Timothia Sellers .... utility sound (as Timothea Sellers)
Robert Shoup .... adr editor
Robert Shoup .... dialogue editor
Addison Teague .... sound effects editor
Addison Teague .... supervising assistant sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Karen G. Wilson .... adr editor
Karen G. Wilson .... dialogue editor
George Peterson Jr. .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special effects
Bill Traynor .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Steven Fagerquist .... visual effects
Mark Kenaston .... digital artist
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Michael Kory .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jay Carrado .... stunt double
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicole Brait .... electrician
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
Kenny Dodd .... best boy electric (as Kenneth Dodd)
Greg Finkel .... first assistant camera: second camera
Bill Floyd .... first assistant camera: second camera
Paul A. Fusco .... rigging electrician
Dejan Georgevich .... camera operator: second camera
George Harrington .... generator operator
William Jones .... dolly grip
Amy Kupferberg .... electrician
Peter Letzelter-Smith .... grip
Sean Malone .... best boy grip
Sal Martorano .... gaffer
Peter McEntyre .... generator operator
A. Lee Morris .... assistant camera
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Richard Neumann .... electrician
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator: second camera (as Doug Pellegrino)
Kabkeo Phothivongsa .... electrician
James Pollard .... key grip (as James H. Pollard)
Noah Prince .... electrician
Rocco Proscia .... rigging grip
Melvin Pukowsky .... second rigging grip
Sabatino Rea .... key rigging grip
Kevin Reidy .... grip
Lance Rieck .... assistant camera
Richard Suffern .... grip
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Bobby Vercruse .... key rigging electrician
Lee Vercruse .... rigging electrician
Casting Department
Trevor P. Jenkins .... casting assistant
Anna Maniscalco .... background casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor
Irene Feldbauer .... wardrobe assistant
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Anne Gorman .... costume shop supervisor
Barrett Hong .... costumer
Thomas Lee Keller .... assistant costume designer (as Thomas L. Keller)
Jessica T. Sinoway .... costume assistant
Rose Wells .... wardrobe supervisor (as Rosie Wells)
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Dean .... post-production coordinator (as Elizabeth Dionne)
Tim Fox .... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Peter Mergus .... associate editor
Dana Mulligan .... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Peter Doell .... music recordist (as Pete Doell)
George Doering .... musician
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Mark Graham .... music librarian
James T. Hill .... electronic scoring mixer
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
James Newton Howard .... score producer
Robin Lee .... music editor
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
David Olson .... music editor
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Pat Weber .... scoring technician
Jim Weidman .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Ed Battista .... transportation co-captain (as Edward Battista)
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain (as James S. Buckman)
Other crew
Peter Anders .... caterer
Alexis Arnold .... production office coordinator
Mark Barclay .... assistant: Thomas A. Bliss
Denver Beattie .... director's assistant: Michael Hoffman
David Brotsky .... location scout
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Susan Chun .... production office assistant
Paul Codiga .... location assistant
Robyn J. Davis .... production coordinator
Richard Devinki .... production services manager: Beacon
Gregory Dunn .... production assistant
Emily Engler .... assistant: Ms. Stone
Andrew Fiero .... production assistant
David Garcia .... production office assistant
Jule Ann Jappe .... location scout (as Jule Jappe)
Arabella Johannes .... assistant: Mr. Bernstein
Todd Judson .... production office assistant
Kenneth M. Kroll .... production accountant
Connie Kunz .... post-production accountant
Jessica Lacy .... production assistant
Chiara Mazzella .... set intern
Hillary Meyer .... payroll accountant
Robert Nickson .... production consultant
Michael K. Reynolds .... caterer
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Jeff Robinson .... office intern
Tanya Sakolsky .... assistant: Mr. Kline and Mr. Karsch
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse .... assistant location manager (as Betsy Shankin)
Raygun Sharpadero .... accounting clerk
Julie Solomon .... location scout
Robin Squibb .... script supervisor
David Steiner .... location coordinator
Susan Strine .... assistant accountant (as Susan L. Strine)
Anna Strout .... assistant: Ms. Bruce
Anita Sum .... additional production coordinator
Wendy Taylor .... location assistant
Irapaul Turner .... shop manager
Rose Viggiano .... location manager
Catherine Wheatley .... assistant: Marc Abraham
Stacey Truett White .... production secretary
Jaime Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Bowen .... adr voice (uncredited)
Matt Hedge .... adr artist (uncredited)
Robert Nickson .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
Argentina:108 min | Canada:109 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Ethan Canin, author of "The Palace Thief" (upon which the movie is based) appears as one of the Board members around the table during Hundert's meeting with the school's board of directors. He is seated on the Headmaster's right during the meeting.See more »
Miscellaneous: When the students are caught on the brink of skinny-dipping, one of the nuns is wearing a wimple (traditional headgear and veil) together with a habit that has an above-the-knee skirt. You would never see a nun wearing such a combination.See more »
[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...
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74 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
A truly great idea in mediocre clothing, 27 November 2002
Author: kcrawford from Washington, DC

I can see exactly why comparisons to Dead Poets' Society abound. Having attended boarding school and developed an irrational attachment to that film at the time, I have since discarded it like an overworn leisure suit, and tried to move on to more interesting fare. But honestly, this film made me think -- in all the ways that school should have, and the DPSociety didn't even try to.

Robin Williams has never starred in a thinking man's film, which is why, in the end, the comparison between the two movies doesn't hold up. To get The Emperor's Club, you have to actually grasp why someone might be inspired by history -- by a time when men could truly fail, or conquer, or establish a foothold in eternity. The fact that we know Socrates existed is astounding. It is luck. If James Carville goes down in history it will be an accident, if a likely one. The point of this film is that difference -- the difference between men whose character demands to be remembered, and men whose character demands to be forgotten. It is also the story of two systems of reward and recognition -- one that produced Plato and one that produced Jerry Springer. That is why we study history, as the movie says. To learn from and be inspired by the great leaders who came before us, and to overcome the moral mediocrity of the modern world.

But, as the film concludes, great men are no longer chosen to lead. The Emperor's Club, while cloaked in the guise of a charming elitist flick, is actually a tale of profound disappointment and disillusionment regarding human society. The few great men who are left exist in the shadows, while the ignorant grandstanders wield political power. We elect them; we are in their hands. And it is all because of a lack of awareness, a lack of knowledge, and a lack of history. People don't vote for principle -- they vote for rhetoric. And it shows.

I was not expecting too much from this movie, other than the always pleasurable experience of watching Kevin Kline. But, wrapped up in the sentimental moralizing, there was the story of a great man doing the only great thing left: trying to bring others out the darkness. His success or failure is as immaterial as the execution of Socrates -- it really is the thought that counts.

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