The Emperor's Club
The Emperor's Club ★★ The Palace Thief 2002 (PG-13)
“A man's character is his fate.” This statement is eminently displayed through events both past and present of a prep school teacher (Klein) and one of his more challenging students (Hirsch). Ethics are questioned, schools of thought examined and hearts changed in this “Dead Poet Society” type drama. Hoffman's development of Ethan Canin's book “The Palace Thief” is unfortunately accomplished through manipulation and fake sincerity. 109m/C VHS, DVD . US Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Rob Morrow, Paul Franklin Dano, Edward Herrmann, Harris Yulin, Roger Rees, Jesse Eisenberg, Rishi Mehta, Joel Gretsch, Steven Culp, Patrick Dempsey, Rahul Khanna; D: Michael Hoffman; W: Neil Tolkin; C: Lajos Koltai; M: James Newton Howard.