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Empire Records (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 October 1995 (USA)
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Twenty-four hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.


Allan Moyle


Carol Heikkinen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Joe Reaves
Maxwell Caulfield ... Rex Manning
Debi Mazar ... Jane
Rory Cochrane ... Lucas
Johnny Whitworth ... A.J.
Robin Tunney ... Debra
Renée Zellweger ... Gina (as Renee Zellweger)
Ethan Embry ... Mark (as Ethan Randall)
Coyote Shivers ... Berko
Brendan Sexton III ... Warren (as Brendan Sexton)
Liv Tyler ... Corey Mason
James 'Kimo' Wills ... Eddie
Ben Bode ... Mitchell Beck
Gary Bolen Gary Bolen ... Croupier
Kimber Sissons Kimber Sissons ... Woman at Craps Table (as Kimber Monroe)


A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Open 'til Midnight. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The song playing during the set-up for Rex Manning Day was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) was the first video ever played on MTV when it debuted on August 1, 1981. See more »


When Gina and Corey are talking and Corey takes off her bra it can be seen on the table, then at the end of the table, then gone, and Eddie picks it up off the ground. See more »


Warren: Stop calling me Warren! My name isn't FUCKING WARREN!
Eddie: His name isn't Warren.
Corey: His name isn't Warren.
Berko: His name isn't Warren.
Mark: I thought his name was Warren?
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Crazy Credits

Mark & Eddie sitting on the curb in front of the store talking about bands. See more »

Alternate Versions

Special Edition DVD contains 16 minutes of deleted footage edited back into the film. See more »


References Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »


Video Killed the Radio Star
Performed by The Buggles
Written by Geoff Downes (as Geoffrey Downes), Trevor Horn (as Trevor Charles Horn) & Bruce Woolley (as Bruce Martin Wooley)
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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User Reviews

still fun -- even though im not in junior high anymore
10 October 2002 | by TheMadFerretSee all my reviews

i dunno. theres just something about this movie.

yeh, in actuality, its probably dreck. its probably worthless and people probably wont remember its years and years from now when they start making out the lists of '90s movies that changed the sphere of moviemaking.

so what?

for me, this movie really does capture the feel of the mid-'90s. i was like these people once. i wore an outfit scarily like the one liv tyler sports (although without the hideous unders combo, im sure), i knew people like every one of the 'archetypes' from the movie and i really, really wanted to work in a record store. hasnt everybody? and doesnt everybody want there to be a cool record store like this in their town?

i guess for me it is a nostalgia thing, but i watched it (again) the other night with my boyfriend, and we both still laughed during the funny parts and cuddled during the sweet parts and, well, danced during the dance parts.

its just fun to look back on such a 'time-period' movie like that ... the clothes, the attitudes, the music even ... how good is it to hear the gin blossoms again, eh?

im sure many would disagree, but for someone who was right there when it was all happening, so to say, its a gentle reminder of the days before mtv committed suicide, before liv tyler started making 'real' movies, and when phrases like 'whats with Today, today?' could travel through a junior high faster than mono.

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Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,800, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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