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Empire Records (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 October 1995 (USA)
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24 hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.

Director:

Allan Moyle

Writer:

Carol Heikkinen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Joe Reaves
Maxwell Caulfield ... Rex Manning
Debi Mazar ... Jane
Rory Cochrane ... Lucas
Johnny Whitworth ... A.J.
Robin Tunney ... Debra
Renée Zellweger ... Gina (as Renee Zellweger)
Ethan Embry ... Mark (as Ethan Randall)
Coyote Shivers ... Berko
Brendan Sexton III ... Warren (as Brendan Sexton)
Liv Tyler ... Corey Mason
James 'Kimo' Wills ... Eddie
Ben Bode ... Mitchell Beck
Gary Bolen Gary Bolen ... Croupier
Kimber Sissons Kimber Sissons ... Woman at Craps Table (as Kimber Monroe)
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Storyline

A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed? Written by Anonymous

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What's with today, today? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,800, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:

$273,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,188
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special extended edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Tunney's character has a horizontal suicide-attempt scar on her wrist. In The Craft (1996), her character has a vertical suicide-attempt scar. See more »

Goofs

When the staff is dancing to Rex Manning, Deb takes off A.J.'s shirt. In the next shot he is seen with his shirt, and then again without it. See more »

Quotes

Debra: Hey Lucas, is it true you committed the perfect crime?
Lucas: Not entirely perfect.
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Crazy Credits

Mark & Eddie sitting on the curb in front of the store talking about bands. See more »

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Special Edition DVD contains 16 minutes of deleted footage edited back into the film. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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I Don't Want to Live Today
Performed by Ape Hangers
Written by Ape Hangers
Courtesy of A&M Records Inc.
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a good teen movie that shows how bad today's teen movies have gotten
27 August 2003 | by emily37See all my reviews

with the recent release of the special edition dvd of this film, i'd suggest you go watch it. yeah, this movie is a light, fluffy gen-x teen movie with its music video moments. however, what was eight years ago just a normal teen movie has gained some semblance of social relevance -- compared to today's teen movies, this film can be seen as some sort of masterpiece.

for one thing, you never see films anymore where teens are actually fighting for something except for a date to the prom. the characters in empire records, yes, are submerged in their overdramatic romantic escapades, but their main prerogative in the film is to prevent a large corporation from buying out their independent record store. are there films that spark that kind of activist spirit in middle- and high- schoolers today? no. we're going backwards.

also, the humor in this film offers up some absurdist wit, which you never find in teen movies now. a kid glues some quarters to the floor so he can laugh at the poor saps who later try desperately to pick them up. a shoplifting teenager gives the fake name of 'warren beatty'. do kids today even know who warren beatty is? i doubt it.

this film was made in 1995, right before many of the laws allowing corporations to buy and control multiple media outlets were passed. the years since '96 have shown us a homogenization of music and movies, especially in the teen sphere, and it is turning today's teens into a bunch of celebrity-obsessed idiots.

compared to your sons and daughters, the kids in empire records can be now seen as role models.


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