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Kate & Leopold (2001)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber would later co-star as half brothers and mortal enemies Wolverine and Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). James Mangold would also go on to direct the sequels to Origins, The Wolverine (2013) and Logan (2017). See more »

Goofs

In the final act, Darci walks up to an elevator, goes to push the button and misses it by about six inches. The elevator arrives anyway. 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.
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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

Spoofs Rain Man (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
Composed by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) and Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
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User Reviews

 
Cute but dumb
7 January 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Liev Schreiber (badly used and miscast) travels from NYC 2002 to NYC 1862 (the how and why are never really explained). While coming back he accidentally brings a 19th century duke Leopold (Hugh Jackman) with him. Leopold meets Kate (Meg Ryan) and...well, you can figure it out from there.

The movie looks beautiful, is VERY romantic and Jackman is incredibly handsome, sexy, funny...God, those eyes of his...but this movie is really dumb. There are some plot turns that are unbelievable (the time travel is never explained; Jackman saves Ryan's purse from a mugger on horseback--literally; Jackman gets used to the 21st century way too quickly; do New Yorkers always leave their windows open so someone can clamber in off the fire escape?). Also Ryan has played this part once too often--she's getting too old and (sadly) she looks it. However, Breckin Meyer is very good and funny as her brother.

The only reason to see the movie is Jackman--he's just great. And it IS cute. So, it's worth seeing.


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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