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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.
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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)
Ronald Rand ... Reunion Guest (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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While on location at the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, 'Kevin Kline (I)' stood in as an English teacher for several classes who were studying Shakespeare at the time. Students gave him rave reviews as an instructor.See more »
Continuity: After Mr. Hundert is startled by the slamming of books in his classroom, some of the chalk marks on the board change several times between shots.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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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
4/5 Stars, 17 June 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

"The Emperor's Club" is a lot different than you would think. It does run a bit on cheesy sentimentality, but the ending is more than surprising considering the type of film this is.

It is a period-piece about a teacher (Kevin Kline) at a prestigious school for boys, and how he tries to "mould" a strong-willed fifteen-year-old boy. And if you want a hint at the surprise ending, don't read any farther, because I cannot control telling you that in the end he does not change the boy. Which is what truly amazed me. Most of the time in films like these, we see the free-spirited kid become proper and respectful. But not so here. This tale doesn't have a perfect teacher turning a bad boy into a perfect boy. It has a flawed teacher wasting years on one student. Years later at a party, he tells the boy, Sedgewick (now an adult), "as a teacher I have failed you." And that's what is so very different about this movie. It isn't as heavy on the drama as I thought it would be, and comes across a bit cheesy and fluffy at times, but the ending is more surprising than "The Sixth Sense" ever will be. It doesn't rely on tried-and-used methods, but goes for a new route. And just when you think that it's as depressing as it can get, the very, very end gives your spirit a bit of a boost.

Kline realizes that in those years that Sedgewick attended his class, he ignored the other students who were trying - and actually cared - about what they were doing. It kind of sheds a new light on the films where a teacher devotes time to one student in particular, because after seeing this film, I bet ten bucks next time you watch a film of the same roots you'll realize that the teacher is ignoring the other students. And "The Emperor's Club" exposes this. Kline's character is flawed, and while he is a good teacher, he makes mistakes, such as spending so much time on Sedgewick and bumping a smarter kid off of the school toga challenge, just so he can put Sedgewick in it (the challenge).

Kevin Kline isn't Otto here. "A$$hole!" is not a motto here. We've got Kline giving a thoroughly convincing performance as a 1970s all-boys school teacher. Kline's makeup at the end of the film is quite good as well, as opposed to something like "The Dish" where Sam Neil's makeup looks like it's about to fall off his face and his wig is about to be plucked off by a gust of wind.

I also liked the student actors in this film. The actors they got to play the various students were pretty good; in fact, many of them were very good. I hope their careers continue after this film, and as hateable as Sedgewick was in this film, the kid who played him was pretty convincing. You always know this when you start to like or dislike a character, much less hate or love them.

At the end of the film, I like the subtle differences in years. In the 1970s, a group of boys travel across a lake to check out the all-girls school, where nuns shoo them away. 28 years later, as Kline's character walks towards his schoolroom, we see boys and girls walking around. In 28 years society has changed, and it's funny to wonder if that group of boys from the 1970s ever thought that in 28 years, what they were paddling across a lake for would be right next to them.

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