Apt Pupil (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: Ian McKellen Brad Renfro

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Studio Image/sphe
SKU 220647739
UPC 014381711356
UPC 14 00014381711356
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "Would you care for a drink, boy?"--Kurt Dussender (Ian McKellen) to Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) |"How about milk?"--Todd to Dussender
Quote "Boy, be careful. You play with fire."--Dussender to Todd
Quote "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
Quote "You can't do this Todd."--Edward French (David Schwimmer) to Todd |"You have no idea what I can do."--Todd to French
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
Bryan Singer
Ian McKellen
Brad Renfro
Cast & Crew
David Schwimmer - Star
Elias Koteas - Star
Ian McKellen - Star
Michael Reid MacKay - Star
Brad Renfro - Star
Heather McComb - Star
Mickey Cottrell - Star
James Karen - Star
Bruce Davison - Star
Joshua Jackson - Star
Ann Dowd - Star
Don Murphy - Producer
Bryan Singer - Producer
Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography
Kathleen M. McKernin - Art Director
Richard Hoover - Production Designer
Louise Mingenbach - Costume Designer
John Ottman - Editor
Stephen King - Story
Jane Hamsher - Producer
Brandon Boyce - Screenwriter
John Ottman - Composer
Bryan Singer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
UPC 00014381711356
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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