Kate & Leopold

Kate & Leopold

4.4 31
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, theSee more details below


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).

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Feature commentary with co-writer/director James Mangold ; "On the Set" featurette ; Deleted scenes with optional commentary with co-writer/director James Mangold; Costume featurette

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

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