Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. Written by
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Ironically, Sir Ian McKellen would go on to play Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in Bryan Singer's next film X-Men (2000), a Jewish character who was persecuted during the Holocaust. See more »
The stripe of the knot on Mr. Danker's tie when he is in French's office, is different when (later that same day) he and Todd are talking about the meeting with French while sweeping his back porch. See more »
Have you lost your mind? What the hell were you thinking, 'Grandpa'?
What are you so excited about?
Oh, you've got some fucking balls! I could have screwed you up, anything could have happened!
You played it beautifully, boy. I knew you would.
Are you fucking drunk? I could have busted you right there!
Yes, you could have, but you did not. Now, why was that? Your Edward French is not going to give you any more trouble, so now you are upset because the only way you can make things right is to ...
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Apt Pupil is a movie of symbolism, it is a movie of metamorphosis, it is not a movie to be brushed off, taken lightly, nor is it to be watched if you want anything even remotely uplifting. It is a thoroughly depressing movie about corruption and the very root of evil. You'll find no plot summary here because you can scroll up slightly and find one. I can tell you Ian McKellen is one of the finest actors in the world and even solidifies that unlikely people like Brad Renfro and David Schwimmer can be incredible actors in their own rights. The movie poses several questions, almost none of which it answers and indeed might not have answers. It is, at it's core, about evil feeding into evil. The boy's evil reawakens the old man's evil, the old man's evil stokes the boy's evil and it continues to crescendo throughout coming to an incredible climax. A fascinating and thoroughly challenging movie.
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