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Apt Pupil (1998)

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A boy blackmails his neighbor after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Todd Bowden
... Kurt Dussander
... Joey
... Sociology Teacher
... Nightmare Victim
... Monica Bowden
... Richard Bowden
... Victor Bowden
... Agnes Bowden
David Cooley ... Gym Teacher
Blake Anthony Tibbetts ... Teammate
... Becky Trask
Katherine Malone ... Student
Grace Sinden ... Secretary
... Edward French
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Storyline

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is 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 WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. Written by Casey Ward <ward@citizen.infi.net>

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If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for scenes of strong violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El aprendiz  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,583,151, 25 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,838,938, 3 January 1999
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Todd's high school mascot (the Pirates) and school color (green and gold) are the same as Bryan Singer's old high school. Also, the number on Todd's varsity jacket (85) is the year Bryan graduated. See more »

Goofs

The stripe of the knot on Mr. Danker's tie when he is in French's office, is different when (later that same day) he and Todd are talking about the meeting with French while sweeping his back porch. See more »

Quotes

[Todd has brought Dussander a gift - a replica SS uniform]
Todd Bowden: Well, try it on.
Kurt Dussander: Have you completely lost your mind? What on Earth makes you think I'd put something like that on?
Todd Bowden: I thought you would like it.
Kurt Dussander: Like it? You are a bigger fool than I thought. Maybe I'll put it on and do a little shopping, is that what you thought? The indignities I've suffered with you, I should smash you.
Todd Bowden: What you've suffered with me is nothing compared to what the Israelis would do to you. You forget that. And I'll ...
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Referenced in Angel: Somnambulist (2000) See more »

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Too Much Of Nothing
Written by Paul Nelson, Sue Fink & Carl Verheyen
Performed by Dante Marchi
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Self-Righteous Commentary
10 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

If anyone has ever read the novella by Steven King, you would know that this movie came right from the toilet. It lacked not only good acting but also the psychological state of the characters. The characters lacked depth, which in turn created trite and meaningless interactions. I could have found more emotions in a comic book character. Mr. Renfro needs to stick to hickville roles (i.e. The Client), no offense Brad!!


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