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The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 November 2002 (USA)
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An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Ethan Canin (short story "The Palace Thief"), Neil Tolkin (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... William Hundert
Emile Hirsch ... Sedgewick Bell
Embeth Davidtz ... Elizabeth
Rob Morrow ... James Ellerby
Edward Herrmann ... Headmaster Woodbridge
Harris Yulin ... Senator Bell
Paul Dano ... Martin Blythe
Rishi Mehta ... Deepak Mehta
Jesse Eisenberg ... Louis Masoudi
Gabriel Millman Gabriel Millman ... Robert Brewster (as Gabe Millman)
Chris Morales Chris Morales ... Eugene Field
Luca Bigini Luca Bigini ... Copeland Gray
Michael Coppola Michael Coppola ... Russell Hall
Sean Fredricks ... Mr. Harris
Katherine O'Sullivan ... The Nun
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Storyline

William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to a close student-teacher relationship, but results in a life lesson for Hundert that will still haunt him a quarter of a century later. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In everyone's life there's that one person who makes all the difference.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Palace Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,846,780, 24 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,060,950, 26 January 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color (purple)| Color (RED)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While on location at the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, Kevin Kline stood in as an English teacher for several classes who were studying Shakespeare at the time. Students gave him rave reviews as an instructor. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Hundert, a pedantic and demanding classics professor, would be unlikely to make the error of saying that Caesar's army was "comprised of" two legions. He would have said that Caesar's army comprised two legions, or that two legions composed Caesar's army, or that Caesar's army was composed of two legions. A trivial error, perhaps, but out of character nonetheless. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Valet: Is everything okay, sir?
William Hundert: Fine, thank you. Here.
[reaches into his pocket]
William Hundert: Let me, uh...
Valet: That's not necessary, sir.
[walks away]
William Hundert: [narrating] As I've gotten older, I realize I'm certain of only two things. Days that begin with rowing on a lake are better than days that do not. Second, a man's character is his fate. And as a student of history, I find this hard to refute. For most of us our stories can be written long before we die. There are exceptions among the great men of history, ...
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Connections

References Contempt (1963) See more »

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Funk 49
Written by Jim Fox, Joe Walsh, and Dale Peters
Performed by James Gang
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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VERY good movie
31 December 2004 | by dr71956See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I don't care if others think it was predictable - so what? Wasn't Jaws predictable? How about Alien? Once in a while a movie has a lesson in it - like this one. Even if it is a lesson that gets played over and over.

I really didn't care for the mildly romantic banter between Kline's character and his female interest. Maybe the purpose of the character was to show Dr. Hundert was not gay - but that seems awfully shallow to me. If this movie was not about a gay teacher, why did the writer feel obligate to prove the reverse? All in all though, this was a GOOD movie - very good.


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