Kate & Leopold

Kate & Leopold

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Director: James Mangold

Cast: James Mangold, Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber

     
 

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Filmmaker James Mangold follows his Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted (1999) with this whimsical fantasy. Meg Ryan stars as Kate McKay, a modern female executive in New York City whose drive to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world has left little time for romance. When her genius ex-boyfriend Stuart (Liev Schreiber) opens a portal in time, the

Overview

Filmmaker James Mangold follows his Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted (1999) with this whimsical fantasy. Meg Ryan stars as Kate McKay, a modern female executive in New York City whose drive to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world has left little time for romance. When her genius ex-boyfriend Stuart (Liev Schreiber) opens a portal in time, the experiment transports Leopold (Hugh Jackman) from 1867 to the present day. A charming bachelor and the royal "Third Duke of Albany" in his own time, Leopold is fascinated by the 21st century. As the courtly Leopold and the decidedly liberated Kate tour the town, a mutual attraction develops into something deeper, a relationship that's threatened by Leopold's temporary chronological status. Kate & Leopold (2001) was originally developed by co-screenwriter Steve Rogers as a project for star/producer Sandra Bullock, who had a hit with his film Hope Floats (1998).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If chivalry isn't dead, it's certainly in need of resuscitation -- which is exactly what it gets in this cheerfully preposterous romantic comedy starring preternaturally perky Meg Ryan and rising star Hugh Jackman. She plays Kate, a brusque, cynical market-research professional dedicated to making unpalatable products appealing to consumers. He plays Leopold, the third Duke of Albany, a 19th-century English lord who designed the Brooklyn Bridge and invented the elevator. Their paths cross when Kate's eccentric inventor friend (Liev Schreiber) discovers an opening in the matrix of time, goes back to 1876, and returns to 21st-century New York City with a befuddled Leopold -- his great-great-grandfather -- in tow. Director James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted) milks the predictable fish-out-of-water gags for all they're worth, but Leopold's dislocation isn't the movie's focal point; his budding romance with Kate, who's initially nonplused by his courtly manner, gradually assumes narrative prominence. Mangold clearly laments the diminution of courtesy in our fast-paced, increasingly urbanized society, but that's not a message he pushes too forcefully. This is, after all, a comedy, and one that is perceptive, witty, and often dreamy. Kate & Leopold benefits enormously from the pitch-perfect performances of the two very personable stars, and is sure to find an ever-increasing audience on DVD. The disc affords two different versions of the film: the one released theatrically and Mangold's original cut. Supplemental features include a feature-length commentary by the director, a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, a featurette on the period costumes used, a photo gallery, and a music video with Sting performing the movie's Oscar nominated theme, "Until." - Ed Hulse
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A fun, quirky romantic comedy-fantasy that is never entirely convincing in its romance, but finds hilarious purchase in the form of Hugh Jackman, who marvelously inhabits the script's best-written fish-out-of-water scenes. Jackman is superb as a 19th century nobleman encountering such modern abominations as pooper scooper laws and false advertising, but the passion that should be at the story's heart falls woefully flat. Mostly that's because the filmmakers have blown a prime opportunity for richer storytelling by calling upon Meg Ryan to deliver nothing more than another solid, if by now predictable, variation on her "klutzy modern gal pining for real romance" routine. How much better a film might have resulted if Ryan, a capable actress who has done underrated and complex work in such films as Restoration (1995) and Courage Under Fire (1996), had been required to play someone less familiar? What's so fascinating about the fictional concept of time travel is the contrast it provides between contemporary life and that of another era. In Leopold's relationship with the modern world, the film has a lot to say about what we've sacrificed at the altar of profit and career, but in his relationship with Kate, Kate and Leopold (2001) becomes about nothing more than packaging and marketing a product, sadly proving its own point.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
Essentially a Nora Ephron fairy tale with a sci-fi twist and a lot more plot than you might find in one of Ms. Ephron's cotton- candy daydreams.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
One of the reasons the movie works is because we like the goodness of the characters.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
It's a charmer.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398137719
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
3,054

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meg Ryan Kate McKay
Hugh Jackman Leopold
Liev Schreiber Stuart Bessler
Breckin Meyer Charlie McKay
Natasha Lyonne Darci
Bradley Whitford J.J. Camden
Paxton Whitehead Uncle Millard
Spalding Gray Dr. Geisler
Philip Bosco Otis
Bill Corsair Limo Driver
Francis Dumaurier Faux Emeril
Cole Hawkins Hector
Robert Manning Passerby
John Rothman Executive #1
James Mangold Movie Director
Martha Madison Office Woman
Matthew Sussman Ad Executive Phil
Arthur Nascarella Gracey
Jonathan Fried Faux Wolfgang
Charlotte Ayanna Patrice
Ebony Jo-Ann Nurse Ester
Frank Arcuri 1876 Doorman
David Aaron Baker Studio Executive
Andrea Barnes Clara
Matthew Beisner Commercial Director
Henry Boyle Cab Driver
Cornelius Byrne Carriage Driver
Michael Cassady Executive #3
Kevin Daniels Doorman at party
Viola Davis Policewoman
Russell Di Perna Bridge Cop
George Hahn Assistant Director
Nai Yuan Hu Rooftop Violinist
Andrew Jack Roebling
Brian Letscher Ad Executive
Chazz Menedez Purse Thief
Stephanie Montalvo CRG Intern
Joe Mosso Cameraman
Brandon Parrish Dennis
Dennis Rees Executive #2
Stephanie Sanditz Gretchin
William Sanford Barry
Kristen Schaal Miss Tree
Ray Seiden Sanitation worker
Michael Shelle Distinquished Actor
Josh Stamberg Colleague Bob
Brittney Startzman Monica
Roma Torre TV Newscaster
Stan Tracy Photogropher
William Stromberg Conductor

Technical Credits
James Mangold Director,Screenwriter
Danny Aiello Stunts
Kerry Barden Casting
David Brenner Editor
Paul Bucossi Stunts
Victor Bucossi Stunts
Jay Carrado Stunts
Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Alene Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Cetrulo Stunts
Victor Chan Stunts
John Copeman Stunts
Pete Corby Stunts
Stracy Diaz Stunts
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Roy Farfel Stunts
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Jess Gonchor Art Director
Christopher Goode Co-producer
Ken Harris Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Don J. Hewitt Stunts
Elizabeth Hirsch Production Manager
Billy Hopkins Casting
Lukasz Jogalla Camera Operator
Karen Kawahara Makeup
Stephen Kelley Makeup
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Cathy Konrad Producer
Iris Lemos Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Mastandrea Asst. Director
Jack McLaughlin Stunts
Donal Oldaker Stunts
Kerry Orent Executive Producer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Mathew Price Sound/Sound Designer
Jodi Michelle Pynn Stunts
Steven Rogers Original Story,Screenwriter,Stunts
Mike Russo Stunts
David Shumbris Stunts
Suzanne Smith Casting
Lorna Ventura Choreography
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Amy Yanagisawa Stunts
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: "Born With Everything"
2. A Suspicious Fellow
3. Telling Kate the Truth
4. "Where Am I?"
5. Bart Needs a Walk
6. Exploring Inventions
7. Keeping an Eye on Leopold
8. "Fresh Creamery Butter"
9. A Chivalrous Pursuit
10. Who's the Merry Andrew Now?
11. Humbling the Braggart
12. Cleaning Up the Mess
13. An Exquisite Evening
14. Rhythm & Nostalgia
15. "Peddling Pond Scum"
16. Feeling Time
17. The Pretzel of Time
18. A Future in the Past
19. End Credits
1. Opening Credits: "Born With Everything"
2. A Suspicious Fellow
3. Telling Kate the Truth
4. "Where Am I?"
5. Bart Needs a Walk
6. Exploring Inventions
7. Keeping an Eye on Leopold
8. "Fresh Creamery Butter"
9. A Chivalrous Pursuit
10. Who's the Merry Andrew Now?
11. Humbling the Braggart
12. Cleaning Up the Mess
13. An Exquisite Evening
14. Rhythm and Nostalgia
15. "Peddling Pond Scum"
16. Feeling Time
17. The Pretzel of Time
18. A Future in the Past
19. End Credits

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Kate & Leopold 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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This movie was a perfect blend of everything you go to the movies for: romance, comedy and suspense. The actors have wonderful chemistry and it is fully worth watching!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately a movie which shows how wonderful of an actor Hugh Jackman is - if he could live through hogwash like 'Swordfish' than he can get through this - banal script and definately the death boom for Meg Ryan...looking so thin and the rat gnawed hairstyle must go - her acting is even worse than her looks...Breckin Meyer comes through strong, Liev Schrieber shockingly does as well....buy on sale for the extras. See time travel romance done better in selection below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meg Ryan playes Kate (really?!?!)and Hugh Jackman is Leopold. Leopold accidently goes from the 1800's to today by way of a time machine. He falls in love with pretty, or may I say, sexy, Kate (that mans you Meg!). The movie is classic-style, in the tradition of ''An Afair to Remember''. But, really, I only went to see it because of Meg! You go girl! Watch out Julia, Meg is the queen of romantic-comedies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can a movie go wrong with a gentleman like Leopold? James Mangold did a superb job in displaying a tangible love caught out of time. Meg Ryan is fresh and likable and Hugh Jackman is superb in the display of his acting skill. I saw it too many times to admit and liked it better each time. A very fun movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate & Leopold is definidently number one on my movie list. The acting is simply beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good movie, with an excellent cast. Meg Ryan is perfect as kate.( She's perfect in anything) Enjoy..Enjoy..Enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿You can¿t live a fairy tale.¿ Meg Ryan as Kate¿Oh but I beg to differ, see this movie! Hugh Jackman is the Duke of Dashing charming, educated and witty. His portrayal of the lost in time noble brings across a genuine naivety that is both provocative and alluring. Meg Ryan is the quirky businesswoman driven to get ahead but blinded by that ambition to the advances of her superior. Enter Leopold to save the day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A man, discovering a portal thru time, visits the 1800's and accidentally brings back a Duke with him. The Duke falls in love while his host is detained. This is a delightful movie. I love Meg Ryan in anything and I was very excited to see Hugh Jackman again (I loved him in 'Someone Like You.') Meg played her part of the ad woman with a slight attitude to perfection and Hugh played his part as the quintessential gentleman with warmth and believablity. She is always a pleasure and Hugh Jackman is always sexy and intense. The plot was just a little thin, but the whole cast was wonderful and more than made up for any flaws in the storyline. A most delightful movie!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie.It was romantic yet funny.I'm a sucker for romantic movies and I love a good laugh.This movie has the best qualities of a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you sick of Meg Ryan in ''You've Got Mail,'' ''Sleepless in Seattle,'' or ''When Harry Met Sally'': all pretty much the same exact movie - and the same cast? Well here comes another one, but in my opinion, it's the best of the bunch. My boyfriend hates Meg Ryan and we both hate cheesy 'romantic comedies'; even he actually sat through, and (dare I say?) almost enjoyed the film. We couldn't really figure out the logistics of the time transport 'glitch' towards the end of the film, but I guess it's one of those things that we're just supposed to 'accept'. Only worth it since I bought it on sale, but still pleased it's part of my DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AS ALWAYS MEG RYAN SHINES. NO SURPRISE THERE. HUGH JACKMAN MADE LEOPOLD SEEM SO REAL. BUT THE PERFORMANCE THAT PUSHED THIS FILM TO THE OUTSTANDING MARK WAS LIEV SCHREIBER'S ARTFUL ADDITION WITH HIS HUMOROUS TURN AS STUART. THE SUPPORTING CAST WAS ALSO PERFECTLY PLACED, ALL ADDING JUST THE RIGHT TOUCHES TO BRING IT ALL TOGETHER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a time when you probably stopped believing in true love and now you view all romantic movies as garbage that will never happen. This movie will bring back that belief in true love. Meg Ryan was great as Kate and Hugh Jackman was so real as Leopold that if they had cast anyone else, it wouldn't be as good. The cast is great, the plot is great, and the acting is great. This is one of the best movies ever made!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love romantic comedies and I really enjoyed watching Kate and Leopold. Don't take the logistics of the time travel theme so seriously, it is just a cute, sweet and charming romantic comedy with fantasy elements so just sit back and forget about reality and just enjoy! The whole cast is excellent, Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman are both wonderful and have great chemistry and the supporting cast is also very good, especially Breckin Meyer, Liev Schreiber and Bradley Witford.
MandaPandaCA More than 1 year ago
Old world charm meets new world feminism with romance, all-in-one.
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