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The Emperor's Club (Widescreen Edition)

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Academy Award winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Chill) delivers "yet another Oscar-worthy performance" (Bill Zwecker, FOX-TV) in this compelling and inspiring story about a revered teacher and the students whose lives he changes forever.The Emperor's Club is an unforgettable, powerfully uplifting story about the meaning of honor and integrity, in a movie Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC-TV calls "one of the best films of the year."

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  • The Making of The Emperor's Club
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    • Actors: Kevin Kline, Rob Morrow, Embeth Davidtz
    • Directors: Michael Hoffman
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG-13
      Parents Strongly Cautioned
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
    • Run Time: 110 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00008NFR4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Emperor's Club (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    I had no idea how much I would end up enjoying this wonderful and awe-inspiring film. I was worried that it was going to try to be another "Dead Poets Society." To my surprise, it isn't. In fact, I'll even go further and say that I thought this was a lot better. "The Emperor's Club" is a powerful and gripping drama about principle, virtue and ethical compromises.
    The story revolves around a teacher, William Hundert. He's a passionate man who loves what he does and hopes that he is actually having an impact on his students with his teachings. Things get complicated when he meets a new student, Sedgewick Bell. The kid is a troublemaker who cries out for attention with his actions. However, Hundert is convinced that he can turn him around and help him learn something from his class; not only that, but he hopes that he can learn something about life itself. Hundert believes in him so much that he is even willing to make a great compromise that will have an absolute impact in some way, whether it be positive or negative. The results are surprising and unexpected, but the overall product is an outstanding movie that makes you think twice about your life.
    This was really a great film that had me surprised all the way. I had no idea how deep and effective it would end up being. When you see "The Emperor's Club," it actually makes you want to look at your life right then and there. You realize that you do want to live a life of honor, virtue and principle. We tend to live in a society that forgets about these important qualities sometimes; this being dubbed, "The Real World." However, this does not mean that we have to forget or overlook these things. It is possible to still have virtue in one's life.
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    I'm writing this review in response to those who deemed this movie not worthy. It is in fact a wonderful story about human nature (both good and bad), honor, decency, ethics, values, leadership and the impact, for good, that dedicated scholars and teachers can have upon our impressionable youngsters. The story takes place in a upscale prep academy in New England named Saint Benedicts School for Boys.
    OUR TEACHER
    "It is not living that is important but living rightly. How will history judge you?"
    Roman and Greek civilization teacher, William Hundert is magnificently played by Kevin Kline. Our teacher is a honorable and principled man, striving to inspire his students to be ethical and moral by being such a model.
    Mr Hundert truly enjoys his work. Teaching young boys and trying to influence and mold their character is his lifes work and he is truly in his element.
    THE STUDENTS
    "Great ambition and conquest without contribution is without significance. What will your contribution be?"
    The story centers around Mr Hundert and four students, Martin Blyth, Freddie Masoudi, Deepak Mehta and a troubled young man named Sedgewick Bell. Martin Blyth, whose father is an alum and past winner of The Emperor's Club (A contest not unlike a spelling bee), feels pressure to replicate his fathers achievement. Freddie Masoudi is somewhat of a character and Deepak Mehta is of East Indian descent and academic background. Sedgewick Bell is an unhappy young man, whose father, as a U.S. Senator, has pretty much ignored Sedgewick his whole life. Because of this, Sedgewick has a knack for entertaining himself, usually by methods that get him into trouble.
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    This is a truly inspiring movie, definitely underrated.

    1) The acting is first rate. Kevin Kline was born for this part and shines. He articulates the drive and determination of Hundert perfectly. The young actors are also phenomenal and this is a breakout film for many of them: Emile Hirsch is everywhere now; Paul Dano is rising up as is Jesse Eisenberg (who was just in the Squid and the Whale).

    2) James Newton Howard's score to the film is very engaging and definitely makes the pivotal scenes that much more powerful.

    3) The theme is centered on character. Shutruk-Nahhunte is not known of today because he gave back nothing. He just did for himself and contributed nothing to society. Sedgewick "is" Nahhunte. Though on the outside, he seems successful, Sedgewick will probably not contribute much to the good of others. The other historical people in Hundert's curriculum are people who gave back or contributed something to their respective societies. They are remembered because they left a good legacy on life. It is hinted that the other students will go on to leave similar legacies, while Sedgewick will not. (Though in the deleted scenes you see how the director was trying to make this more evident; it just didn't flow well.)

    4) As a teacher, this is a favorite of mine and perhaps that biases my review. (In a good way, bad way, who knows)? I have shown parts of this film in class with very positive reactions from my students. The film is unique; it shows the main characters young, and then shows how they end up later in life. Kids are always thinking about how they'll end up and I think they appreciate that aspect of the film especially. I also think it also shows kids that they can have fun in life, but should also be thinking of what their contribution to the world will be. We all should.
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