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Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Sir Ian Mackellan) is a Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in World War II. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality.Written by
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A 14-year-old extra filed a lawsuit alleging that he was ordered to strip naked for the shower scene (although he declined to do so). Two other boys--one 17 and one 16--made similar claims; one of the boys stated that he complied with the instruction to undress, but did not feel comfortable doing so. Alleging that they had been traumatized by the experience, the boys sought damages from the filmmakers based on claims of infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy. A sexual crimes task force that included local, state, and federal personnel investigated the incident. While some sources state that the civil case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence, others indicate that it was settled out of court. See more »
At the end, the monitor shows a flat line and there's a solid tone, yet it still shows a bpm of 189 which then switches to and stays at 167. See more »
Have you lost your mind? What the hell were you thinking, 'Grandpa'?
What are you so excited about?
Oh, you've got some fucking balls! I could have screwed you up, anything could have happened!
You played it beautifully, boy. I knew you would.
Are you fucking drunk? I could have busted you right there!
Yes, you could have, but you did not. Now, why was that? Your Edward French is not going to give you any more trouble, so now you are upset because the only way you can make things right is to ...
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The film has a 1997 copyright date in the credits. See more »
A teenage boy befriends an elderly man. During countless discussions over many a night, they form a special friendship that manages to bridge their considerable age gap. It would sound like a sweet character study if the old man wasn't a Nazi war criminal and the teen wasn't a Holocaust-obsessed recluse blackmailing his new pal for all the gory details.
APT PUPIL scores the highest marks for originality. Nothing ever quite like this has been done before, and it's all quite intriguing. In the beginning, we come close to feeling sorry for the old man despite his past misdeeds. Here is he living out his golden years in peace and seclusion when all of a sudden a pushy teenager threatens to blow his cover. As the tale progresses, we see that the elder is just as conniving as the boy, threatening simply to expose their friendship, forever linking the young man with unimaginable notoriety. What starts out as a bizarre acquaintance escalates into a duel of manipulation.
It's not surprising that APT PUPIL is based on a novella by Stephen King. The film bears many of the hallmarks of King's works. And while it's never actually scary, it is thrilling at a psychological level that King reaches best. It's not perfect, but with the skilled direction of Bryan Singer and solid performances by leads Brad Renfro and Ian McKellen, it generally accomplishes what it sets out to do.
You don't have to be a horror person or a teenager at a late night party to enjoy APT PUPIL. The film has a unique appeal beyond what its target audience may have been. If you missed it when it was released in 1998 (as many did, based on its limited commercial success), it's certainly worth a look.
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