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Director: Bryan Singer     Starring: Ian McKellen Brad Renfro
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220647739
UPC: 014381711356
UPC 14: 00014381711356
Category Keywords: Murder  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Based on the novella by Stephen King, director Bryan Singer's follow-up to THE USUAL SUSPECTS is a harrowing psychological thriller about the relationship that forms between a boy and the neighbor he discovers is a Nazi war criminal. After a brief lesson in history class, star pupil Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) becomes obsessed with Hitler and his followers. Through extensive research, he discovers that the infamous Kurt Dussender (Sir Ian McKellen) has been hiding out, living a normal life in his own neighborhood. But instead of reporting Dussender to the authorities, Todd decides to use him to gain further knowledge...everything that the history books won't tell him. But who ends up using whom, and what happens when a susceptible young mind encounters true evil, leads to a surprising, taught, and unsettling suspense film.

Interested in the novella since he was 19, Singer worked closely with screenwriter Brandon Boyce to bring this compelling story to the screen. Filled with the same touches that are hallmarks of his previous films--careful editing, use of small spaces to evoke tense atmospherics, terrific cinematography, and stellar acting--the film is a disturbing exploration into the seductively dark side of human nature.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/7/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 112 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video UPC UPC: 00014381711356
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Schwimmer
Video Cast Info Elias Koteas
Video Cast Info Ian McKellen
Video Cast Info Michael Reid MacKay
Video Cast Info Brad Renfro
Video Cast Info Heather McComb
Video Cast Info Mickey Cottrell
Video Cast Info James Karen
Video Cast Info Bruce Davison
Video Cast Info Joshua Jackson
Video Cast Info Ann Dowd
Video Cast Info Don Murphy - Producer
Video Cast Info Bryan Singer - Producer
Video Cast Info Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Kathleen M. McKernin - Art Director
Video Cast Info Richard Hoover - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Louise Mingenbach - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info John Ottman - Editor
Video Cast Info Stephen King - Story
Video Cast Info Jane Hamsher - Producer
Video Cast Info Brandon Boyce - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Ottman - Composer
Video Cast Info Bryan Singer - Director
Plot Summary
APT PUPIL is a harrowing psychological thriller about the relationship which forms between a young boy and the neighbor he discovers is a Nazi war criminal. The film is based on the novella by Stephen King.

Memorable Quotes

"Would you care for a drink, boy?"----Kurt Dussender (Ian McKellen) to Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) |"How about milk?"----Todd to Dussender

"Boy, be careful. You play with fire."----Dussender to Todd

"Who is this Edward French? A headmaster?"----Dussender to Todd |"No, he's a guidance counselor."----Todd to Dussender |"What is that?"----Dusseder to Todd |"He guides and he counsels. You read the letter."----Todd to Dussender

"You can't do this Todd."----Edward French (David Schwimmer) to Todd |"You have no idea what I can do."----Todd to French

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Riveting..." 11/12/1998 p.121-2

Sight and Sound
"...A highly assured piece of storytelling..." 06/??/1999 p.35-6

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Singer throws] baroque cinematic touches into this disturbingly Stephen King tale..." 11/06/1998 p.56

New York Times
"...Mr. Singer makes this a handsomely shot, stunningly edited feat of gamesmanship..." 10/23/1998 p.E14

Box Office
"...A powerful and disturbing movie, APT PUPIL delivers a brilliant performance from Ian McKellan..." 11/01/1998 p.156

Los Angeles Times
"...The subject and the outstanding performances of Brad Renfro and Sir Ian McKellan give APT PUPIL a magnetic grip on the audience..." 10/23/1998 p.C8

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