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Apt Pupil Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Bryan Singer directed this Brandon Boyce adaptation of Stephen King's novella about teenager Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro), who discovers Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen) living in his California hometown. Fascinated with Dussender's wartime atrocities, Bowden blackmails the former death-camp commandant by promising to keep his identity a secret in exchange for Holocaust horror tales, or, as Todd puts it, "everything they're afraid to show us in school." Dussander complies, and as the weeks pass, their tense confrontations become increasingly malevolent. This is the third film to derive from King's 1982 book of four novellas, Different Season. The others are Stand By Me (1986, from "The Body") and The Shawshank Redemption (1994, from Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, leaving only one remaining unfilmed tale in the book ("The Breathing Method"). Signet felt King's "Apt Pupil" to be so intense and horrifying that editors asked him to leave it out of the 1983 paperback. A 1987 attempt to film "Apt Pupil" (with Rick Schroder and Nicol Williamson) ended when funding ran out. Shown at numerous 1998 film festivals (Venice, Toronto, Chicago, Sitges, Tokyo). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ian McKellen Best Actor 1998 Winner

Cast

Ian McKellen
as Kurt Dussander
Brad Renfro
as Todd Bowden
Bruce Davison
as Richard Bowden
Elias Koteas
as Archie
Joe Morton
as Dan Richler
Jan Triska
as Isaac Weiskopf
Michael Byrne
as Ben Kramer
Heather McComb
as Becky Trask
Ann Dowd
as Monica Bowden
Joshua Jackson
as Joey
David Schwimmer
as Edward French
Mickey Cottrell
as Sociology Teacher
Kevin Pollak

Crew

Bryan Singer
Director
Bryan Singer
Producer
Don Murphy
Producer
Jane Hamsher
Producer
Brandon Boyce
Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
John Ottman
Composer (Music Score)
John Ottman
Editor
Richard Hoover
Production Designer
Tom Desanto
Co-producer
Jay Shapiro
Associate Producer
John Ottman
Associate Producer
Tim Harbert
Executive Producer
Amy Shock
Set Designer
Jennifer Herwitt
Set Designer
David Eckert
Set Designer
Louise Mingenbach
Costume Designer
Fernando Altschul
First Assistant Director
Francine Maisler
Casting
Kathryn Eisenstein
Casting
Stephen King
Short Story Author
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