An English Duke from 1876 is inadvertedly dragged to modern day New York where he falls for a plucky advertising executive.

Director:

James Mangold

Writers:

Steven Rogers (story), James Mangold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Kate McKay
Hugh Jackman ... Leopold
Liev Schreiber ... Stuart Besser
Breckin Meyer ... Charlie McKay
Natasha Lyonne ... Darci
Bradley Whitford ... J.J. Camden
Paxton Whitehead ... Uncle Millard
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Geisler
Josh Stamberg ... Colleague Bob
Matthew Sussman Matthew Sussman ... Ad Executive Phil
Charlotte Ayanna ... Patrice
Philip Bosco ... Otis
Andrew Jack ... Roebling
Stan Tracy Stan Tracy ... Photographer
Kristen Schaal ... Miss Tree
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Storyline

Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century and takes pictures of the place. Leopold -- a man living in the 1870s -- is puzzled by Stuart's tiny camera, follows him back through the gap, and they both ended up in the present day. Leopold is clueless about his new surroundings. He gets help and insight from Charlie who thinks that Leopold is an actor who is always in character. Leopold is a highly intelligent man and tries his best to learn and even improve the modern conveniences that he encounters. Written by Rosemea D.S. MacPherson

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If they lived in the same century they'd be perfect for each other. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Film debut of Kristen Schaal. See more »

Goofs

Leopold chases Stuart out of his home and to the bridge in the pouring rain. When Kate comes back to that time, the streets are dry, with no rain, just some thunder and lightning in the sky behind the bridge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Roebling: Time. Time, it has been proposed, is the fourth dimension. And yet, for mortal man, time has no dimension at all. We are like horses with blinders, seeing only what lies before us. Forever guessing the future and fabricating the past.
[applause]
Leopold: Brilliant.
Otis: Quite right, Your Grace.
Roebling: How, you ask, can we break these shackles, and live not in the moment, but in the glorious expanse of time continued? Listen, and I shall tell you. The secret lies in the enduring power of our achievements, ...
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Crazy Credits

In 1852, Elisha Graves Otis invented the safety brake for a lifting platform. One year later in 1853, he founded the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers, New York. The Otis Elevator Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following scenes were cut from the film just a few days before the release:
  • References suggesting that Kate has a genetic relationship to Stuart
  • a scene where Ryan appears in the background of a 19th-century party
  • a cameo by director James Mangold where he plays a director whose film is being changed to meet the demands of a test screening
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Connections

Referenced in Greek: The Half-Naked Gun (2009) See more »

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Leather Chair
Written and Performed by Gluecifer
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records and White Jazz Records
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Fine movie...could have been better though
16 February 2005 | by tnkcoolSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of Meg Ryan and think that she's one of the best there is in Hollywood right now. Yet, I believe that it was HUGH JACKMAN who stole the show in this movie. He is so charming and charismatic that you can hardly resist falling head over heels for him! Leopold is a duke from the 18th century who mistakenly lands up in the 21st century one day...and is obviously bewildered with everything he sees. He stays with the man who got him there at the first place, Stuart,Kate's (Meg Ryan) ex-boyfriend. Predictably, Leopold falls in love with Kate and she retaliates. Yet, he has to go back where he came from, and that poses a problem for their relationship. It's a cute movie, yet, I couldn't agree with the ending, though it was predictable. I just couldn't see eye to eye with the reasoning they gave us for the step Kate took. Okay movie...great if you have nothing else to do and like chick-flicks. That's exactly the reason I watched it. I liked it..but I've seen better by Meg Ryan.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kate and Leopold See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,725,408, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$47,121,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,019,048
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Konrad Pictures, Miramax See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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