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A dedicated teacher learns some important lessons about himself years after he retired from the classroom in this drama. William Hundert Kevin Kline is an instructor at St. Benedict's School for Boys, an exclusive private academy on the East Coast where Hundert drills his charges on the moral lessons to be learned through the study of Greek and Roman philosophers. Hundert is fond of telling his students, "A man's character is his fate," and he strives to impress upon them the importance of the ordered and examined life. In 1976, however, Hundert finds himself with an especially challenging group of students -- party-minded Fred Masoudi Jesse Eisenberg , introverted Martin Blythe Paul Dano, bright but mischievous Deepak Mehta Rishi Mehta, and most notably, openly rebellious Sedgewick Bell Emile Hirsch. The son of a powerful politician, Bell pointedly runs against the current of Hundert's example, questioning the importance of the material, flouting the school's rules, talking out of turn in class, and devoting as much time to his interest in girls as in his studies. However, Hundert sees the possibility of great things in Bell, and encourages him to take part in the school's annual academic competition for the title of Mr. Julius Caesar. Hundert even goes so far as to bend the rules in scoring to favor Bell in the early stages of the contest, but his faith is betrayed when Bell is discovered cheating during the contest finals. Years later, Hundert is reunited with his students, where they learn the years have taught them all a great deal about their virtues and weaknesses. The Emperor's Club also features Harris Yulin, Rob Morrow, and Edward Herrmann.
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  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 096896105332
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Culp
Embeth Davidtz
Patrick Dempsey
Edward Herrmann
Kevin Kline Professor Hundert
Rob Morrow
Harris Yulin
Joel Gretsch
Emile Hirsch
Rahul Khanna
Roger Rees
Technical Credits
Michael Hoffman Director
Marc Abraham Producer
Sean Bailey Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Lisa Bruce Co-producer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Fuller Makeup
Chat Gunther Sound/Sound Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Andrew S. Karsch Producer
Sidney Kimmel Executive Producer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Cooper Layne Executive Producer
Eric Newman Executive Producer
Michael O'Neill Co-producer
Todd R. Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Tolkin Screenwriter
Georgianne Walken Casting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lessons Learned

    I have always been a fan of Kevin Kline and this film demonstrates his great dramatic skill. The conflict he goes through when he realizes he bent the rules for his student and his student still cheats to win is well done acting. The film shows the reality of life's unfairness, when after dedicating himself to his school, his work and the students, he is passed over as headmaster. An excellent job of teaching morals and true character. At the end of the film, when he tells his student he cheated him out of his chance to get to the finals and the realization by the student as an adult with children of his own, that while it might have made a difference in his life, he knows that when all is said, he made his life without being Mr. Ceasar. Mr. Bell's double standards came back to haunt him when he admitted albeit unknown to his own son, that he cheated and he would do anything to get what he wanted. The son's face -- his first dose of reality that his father wasn't perfect, was an excellent point, too. Outstanding acting, wonderful musical score. A film that everyone should see.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    All teachers should watch this movie. All parents so we would learn how to teach honest and honorability...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow

    This movie is wonderful for leadership. Plus Steven Culp is wonderful. I love this movie.

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