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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.

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kate and Leopold See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,562,448, 23 December 2001, Wide Release

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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Trivia

Albany, New York, was named after the then Duke of Albany in 1664. See more »

Goofs

Leopold listens to a speech by John Roebling in April 1876. Roebling died in 1869, a few weeks after construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began. It could be Roebling's son, Washington, but he was born and educated in the United States, and would not to speak with a German accent. Also, he also didn't visit the construction site between 1872 and 1883. 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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Spoofs Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »

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Manhattan Beach
Performed by University of Michigan Band
Composed by John Philip Sousa
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
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Typical Romantic Comedy With A Twist Of Time Travelling
14 February 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Kate and Leopald' is a typical romantic comedy, only this time one of the protagonists travels from the 30s (?) to modern day New York. It's clear that one shouldn't expect anything more than laughter and a few mushy moments of love from this film and that is the case. If one watches it with lower expectations, it can be quite enjoyable. I liked the Hugh Jackman - Meg Ryan pairing. They both share the required chemistry and provide some of the nicer moments. Ryan plays her usual romcom city lass persona (and I haven't tired myself from seeing her in such roles...yet but I now prefer to see her in different genres ). Hugh Jackman has a knack for comedy and he should do more such films if given a more intelligent script. Breckin Meyer and Liev Schreiber are great. To further prevent yourself from getting irritated, quit analyzing the film as there are several plot holes and some situations seem chopped. You can ask lots of question like how Leopold adapts to modern New York so quickly or how would an ultra-modern Kate (who's never travelled) make it in 30's (?) England (?) So one could enjoy it a little if they suspend their beliefs. even so, the ending seems a little too abrupt (predictable as it is). In spite of the flaws, there are the few nice moments and the few funny moments that don't make it all that bad.


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