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Apt Pupil [DVD] [1999] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: October 23, 1998. At age eight, director Bryan Singer (who is Jewish) started a "Nazi Club" with his non-Jewish friends, because of their interest in WWII and the Nazis. The club was disbanded after his mother found out and, horrified, explained to him how terrible and offensive the idea was to her. Singer screened APT PUPIL for the Simon Wiesethal Center at the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles, California, before its release. The center gave the film their support and recommendation. Sir Ian McKellen also starred in Singer's following film, X-MEN, as Magneto, a militant mutant whose parents were killed by Nazis. Rick Schroeder and Nicol Williamson were first slated to star in a version of APT PUPIL in 1987, directed by Alan Bridges. The film was never finished because of budgetary and production problems. The number on Todd Bowden's letterman jacket, 85, is the same as the year Bryan Singer graduated high school (1985). Todd's high school mascot (the Pirates) and school colors (green and gold) are the same as Bryan Singer's alma mater: Windsor-Plainsboro High School in Central New Jersey. Bruce Davison, who plays Todd's father, starred in a 1981 TV movie called THE WAVE, about a high school teacher who tries to teach his students how easily Nazism took hold of Germany, by conducting his own experiment in fascism within the class. The film is based on a true story. Screenwriter Brandon Boyce appears in Singer's debut film, PUBLIC ACCESS.
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  • Credits
    Ian McKellen, Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Elias Koteas, David Schwimmer, Bruce Davison, Joshua Jackson, Mickey Cottrell, Michael Reid MacKay, Ann Dowd, James Karen, Heather McComb
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Riveting..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A highly assured piece of storytelling..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[Singer throws] baroque cinematic touches into this disturbingly Stephen King tale..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Mr. Singer makes this a handsomely shot, stunningly edited feat of gamesmanship..."
    New York Times

    "...A powerful and disturbing movie, APT PUPIL delivers a brilliant performance from Ian McKellan..."
    Box Office

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

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