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The Emperor's Club

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Released 2002

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Director:
Michael Hoffman
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Based on the short story "The Palace Thief" by acclaimed writer Ethan Canin, The Emperor's Club stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline as William Hundert, a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell (Emile Hirsch), 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.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Carefully sets itself up as an obvious, transparent morality play, and then just as deliberately refuses the easy payoff. This is both impressive and a little disingenuous: the fil...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's well crafted by director Michael Hoffman, not painful to sit through, and even contains some 21st century plot twists -- But unless you have a predisposition toward this kind ...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A rather stodgily directed pic by Michael Hoffman which extols the virtues of Greek and Roman thinking in the guise of Kevin Kline's classics teacher.

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    Paul Dano

    Paul Dano

    Martin Blythe

    Rob Morrow

    Rob Morrow

    James Ellerby

    Edward Herrmann

    Edward Herrmann

    Headmaster Woodbridge

    Emile Hirsch

    Emile Hirsch

    Sedgewick

    Joel Gretsch

    Joel Gretsch

    Older Sedgewick Bell

    Kevin Kline

    Kevin Kline

    William Hundert

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