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Apt Pupil ()


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

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Todd Bowden
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Kurt Dussander
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Joey
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Sociology Teacher
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Nightmare Victim
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Monica Bowden
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Richard Bowden
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Victor Bowden
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Agnes Bowden
David Cooley ...
Gym Teacher
Blake Anthony Tibbetts ...
Teammate
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Becky Trask
Katherine Malone ...
Student
Grace Sinden ...
Secretary
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Edward French
Anthony Moore ...
Umpire
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Archie
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Paramedic
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Ben Kramer
Danna Dennis ...
Nurse
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Isaac Weiskopf
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Dan Richler
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Detective Getty
Donna Marie Brown ...
Mother
Mark Flythe ...
Darren
Warren Wilson ...
Newscaster
Jill Harris ...
Reporter
Norbert D. Singer ...
Hospital Administrator #1
Mildred Singer ...
Hospital Administrator #2
Mary Ottman ...
Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell Britt ...
Student (uncredited)
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ...
Skinhead (uncredited)
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Man with Bags (uncredited)
Joseph Ashton Montgomery ...
Student (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bryan Singer

Written by

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Stephen King ... (novella "Apt Pupil")
 
Brandon Boyce ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Tom DeSanto ... co-producer (as Thomas DeSanto)
Jane Hamsher ... producer
Tim Harbert ... executive producer
Don Murphy ... producer
John Ottman ... associate producer
Jay Shapiro ... associate producer
Bryan Singer ... producer

Music by

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John Ottman

Cinematography by

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Newton Thomas Sigel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Ottman

Editorial Department

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Anthony Bozanich ... second assistant editor
Roger Fenton ... associate editor
Tirsa Hackshaw ... second assistant editor (as Tirsa K. Hackshaw)
Jesse Hove ... post-production assistant
Gloria Kaiser ... color timer
Masahi Mizuno ... post-production assistant
Shannon O'Bryan ... post-production office coordinator
Michael Storm ... post-production assistant
John Palermo ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Richard Hoover

Art Direction by

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Kathleen M. McKernin

Set Decoration by

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Jennifer Herwitt

Costume Design by

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Louise Mingenbach

Makeup Department

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Jori Jenae McGuire ... makeup artist (as Jori Jenae)
Kerry Mendenhall ... assistant hair stylist
Daniel Parker ... makeup designer / makeup supervisor
Joni Powell ... key makeup artist (as Joni Meers Powell)
Edward St. George ... key hair stylist
Lisa Rocco ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tim Harbert ... unit production manager
Hilarie Roope ... post-production supervisor (as Hilarie Roope Benz)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fernando Altschul ... first assistant director
Scott Cameron ... assistant director
Kelly Kiernan ... second assistant director (as Kelly A. Kiernan)
Robert A. Neft ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Pete Allyn ... construction coordinator
James Amado ... swing gang
Ayenne J. Applebaum ... lead scenic
Jenny Baum ... set dresser
Michael Blair ... construction foreman (as Mike Blair)
Chris Call ... property master
Ken Chocolate ... buyer
John Coven ... storyboard artist
David Eckert ... set designer
Nick Gillie ... swing gang
Frederika Gray ... stand-by painter
Jeff Hay ... set dresser
Katherine Lipsitt ... swing gang
Richard McConnell ... propmaker
Walt Mikolwski ... construction foreman (as Walter Mikowlski)
Rhonda Paynter ... swing gang
Portia Perry ... paint foreman
Christopher Redmond ... assistant property master
Steve Roll ... carpenter
Amy Shock ... set designer
Andre Sowards ... props
Jeffrey Thomas ... greensman
Bill Vernetti ... swing gang
Szu Wang ... swing gang
Michael Whetstone ... leadman

Sound Department

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James Ashwill ... foley mixer (as Jim Ashwill)
George Berndt ... adr supervisor
Rick Canelli ... adr recordist
Simon Coke ... sound editor
John T. Cucci ... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Haight ... sound editor
Michael Herbick ... re-recording mixer
Linda Lew ... foley recordist
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Chuck Michael ... supervising sound editor
Nash Michael ... sound editor
Karen Minahan ... assistant sound editor
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
Rodger Pardee ... sound editor
Geoffrey Patterson ... sound mixer (as Geoffrey Lucius Patterson)
Marsha Sorce ... sound recordist
Mark Steinbeck ... boom operator (as Mark D. Steinbeck)
Thomas Thoms ... cable puller
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Jack Keller ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Phillip Beck ... special effects supervisor (as Philip Beck Jr.)
Ron Petruccione ... special effects technician
Chris L. Ward ... special effects technician (as Chris Ward)

Visual Effects by

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Mindy Minkow ... optical camera

Stunts

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Dustin Courtney ... stunts
Ben Jensen ... stunts
Gary Jensen ... stunt coordinator
Lane Leavitt ... stunts
Kenny Bates ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Baer ... still photographer
Chad C. Barrow ... best boy grip
Barry Berona ... additional first assistant camera
Vicki Brinkman ... camera loader
Jonathan Brown ... camera operator (as Jonathan W. Brown)
Keith Gorman ... board operator (as Keith A.F. Gorman)
Lisa Guerriero ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David Horton ... grip
Dustin A. Huber ... rigging gaffer (as Dustin Huber)
Jason Jensen ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jimmy E. Jensen ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
William T. Jones ... rigging key grip (as William T. [Jake] Jones)
Patti Lee ... lamp operator
Art Martin ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David L. Merrill ... key grip
Darryl Murchison ... lamp operator
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... chief lighting technician (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Pat O'Mara ... rigging grip
Bill Petty ... grip
Chis Rountree ... grip (as Chris Roundtree)
Tom Skulski ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Donald A. Spadoni ... best boy rigging grip
Chuck Turner ... grip
Christopher Whitman ... best boy electric
William D. Wynn ... dolly grip (as Bill Wynn)
Michael Chang ... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Art Martin ... Steadicam first assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Kathryn Eisenstein ... casting associate
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Charles Matthews ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jeanne Ione Flynn ... set costumer
Meredith McLaughlin ... costumer
Parker Poole ... costumer (as C. Parker Poole)
B.J. Rogers ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Julie Duvic ... location manager
Anton Pardoe ... assistant location manager (as Anton B. Pardoe)
Jeremy Alter ... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)

Music Department

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Charlie Bouis ... music recordist
Tim Boyle ... music mixer / music recordist
Bruce Donnelly ... additional orchestrator
Amanda Goodpaster ... music editor
Larry Groupé ... conductor / orchestrations
Frank Macchia ... orchestrations
John Ottman ... orchestrations
Robert Puff ... music preparation
David Sabee ... orchestra contractor
Lia Vollack ... music editor / music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Mellanie Bradfield ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Ted Basso ... production van driver operator
Jim Frear ... transportation captain
Greg Van Dyke ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Rick Benattar ... assistant: Ms. Hamsher/Mr. Murphy
Craig Conover ... craft service
Robin Cross ... first assistant accountant
Ethel Edwards ... production assistant
Maureen Estes ... studio teacher
Susan Giordano ... first assistant accountant (as Susan L. Giordano)
Bryan Guenzel ... production assistant
Peter Haas ... unit publicist
Thomas M. Harper ... production assistant
John Herget ... set medic (as John 'Blue' Herget)
Girish Johar ... marketing & distribution
Joy Lissandrello ... production assistant
Jo McIllece ... production coordinator (as JoJo Leachman McIllece)
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
Johnston H. Moore ... assistant production coordinator
Andy Norris ... production assistant
Shannon O'Bryan ... production secretary
Robert Ohlandt ... production assistant (as Robert J. Ohlandt)
Mary Ottman ... medical advisor (as Marry Ottman R.N.)
William R. Peck ... production assistant
Blake Perkinson ... production assistant
Michael Provart ... production assistant
Matthew Spiegel ... production assistant
Scott Storm ... production assistant (as Scott A. Storm)
Eric 'Sprocket' Uporsky ... production assistant (as Eric Uporsky)
Bob Weber ... production accountant
Roee Wiczyk ... assistant: Mr. Singer
Sherry Williams ... payroll
Terry Goldman ... assistant: Mr. Ottman (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas J. Larsen ... stand-in: Bryan Singer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michael Berenbaum ... special thanks: SHOAH (as Michael Bernbaum)
Richard Dreyfuss ... special thanks
Christopher McQuarrie ... special thanks
Michael Puopolo ... special thanks
Jason Rodriguez ... special thanks
Leslie Swift ... special thanks: US Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Casey Ward

Plot Keywords
Taglines If you don't believe in the existence of evil, you've got a lot to learn. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un élève doué (France)
  • Un élève doué - été de corruption (France)
  • L'élève doué (Canada, French title)
  • Golden Boy (Japan, English title)
  • Der Musterschüler (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,583,151, 25 Oct 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia In an interview around the time that this movie was released, Sir Ian McKellen said "I didn't like my character. He didn't seem very deep. He just seemed to be a representative of evil." See more »
Goofs A 3-point line is visible on the school's basketball court. The setting of the movie is 1984 and the 3-point line wasn't introduced to the high school game until 1987. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Beloved/Happiness/Practical Magic/Love Is the Devil/The Cruise (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Tristan Und Isolde See more »
Crazy Credits The film has a 1997 copyright date in the credits. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Edward French: Now, wait a minute. You're going to tell people that I did something to you, Todd?
Todd Bowden: I don't want to drag you down with me, but I will. I'm better at this then you are.
Edward French: Better at what? I'm trying to help you, Todd. Can't you see that?
Todd Bowden: You've helped enough.
Edward French: I am not going to do nothing.
Todd Bowden: Well, you'll fucking have to! If you ever tell anyone about this... the things I'm gonna say about you... they'll never go away. Not for you. Not for your life or career. Think of your job. Think of your son. Even if no one believes me, the police and media will make a background check on you and they will find something. Some dirt such as... the real reason why your wife left you.
[after a short pause]
Todd Bowden: So... what's it gonna be? Do we have a deal?
Edward French: You can't do this, Todd.
Todd Bowden: [coldly] You have no idea what I can do.
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