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Kate & Leopold (2001)

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An English Duke from 1876 is inadvertedly dragged to modern day New York where he falls for a plucky advertising executive.

Director:

James Mangold

Writers:

Steven Rogers (story), James Mangold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Kate McKay
Hugh Jackman ... Leopold
Liev Schreiber ... Stuart Besser
Breckin Meyer ... Charlie McKay
Natasha Lyonne ... Darci
Bradley Whitford ... J.J. Camden
Paxton Whitehead ... Uncle Millard
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Geisler
Josh Stamberg ... Colleague Bob
Matthew Sussman Matthew Sussman ... Ad Executive Phil
Charlotte Ayanna ... Patrice
Philip Bosco ... Otis
Andrew Jack ... Roebling
Stan Tracy Stan Tracy ... Photographer
Kristen Schaal ... Miss Tree
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Storyline

Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century and takes pictures of the place. Leopold -- a man living in the 1870s -- is puzzled by Stuart's tiny camera, follows him back through the gap, and they both ended up in the present day. Leopold is clueless about his new surroundings. He gets help and insight from Charlie who thinks that Leopold is an actor who is always in character. Leopold is a highly intelligent man and tries his best to learn and even improve the modern conveniences that he encounters. Written by Rosemea D.S. MacPherson

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This Christmas, chivalry makes a comeback. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, several of the film's actual crew members appear in the crew of the margarine commercial. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie follows Kate to secretly give her the apology letter from Leopold, you can see Kate try to open her brief case a little so Charlie can slip the letter in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Roebling: Time. Time, it has been proposed, is the fourth dimension. And yet, for mortal man, time has no dimension at all. We are like horses with blinders, seeing only what lies before us. Forever guessing the future and fabricating the past.
[applause]
Leopold: Brilliant.
Otis: Quite right, Your Grace.
Roebling: How, you ask, can we break these shackles, and live not in the moment, but in the glorious expanse of time continued? Listen, and I shall tell you. The secret lies in the enduring power of our achievements, ...
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Crazy Credits

In 1852, Elisha Graves Otis invented the safety brake for a lifting platform. One year later in 1853, he founded the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers, New York. The Otis Elevator Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains both the theatrical cut and the director's cut. The director's cut is four minutes longer. Also included are seven deleted scenes. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »

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Leather Chair
Written and Performed by Gluecifer
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records and White Jazz Records
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Charming romantic comedy...with time travel weaknesses...
6 March 2004 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you can accept the totally ridiculous premise of KATE AND LEOPOLD and enjoy romantic fantasies of this sort, you'll find yourself drawn into the plot because of the very charismatic HUGH JACKMAN. He is the main reason for watching and carries the film on his sturdy shoulders, so adept is he at being a "knight in shining armor".

As for MEG RYAN, she is giving her usual Meg Ryan schtick--a sort of slightly brighter version of Goldie Hawn--but here it doesn't matter because Jackman manages to steal every scene he's in. BRECKIN MEYER is excellent as her boorish brother who learns a few things from his 18th Century friend about manners and etiquette. But it's the time travel aspect of the story that is its weakest link.

Highly recommended as a romantic comedy that owes much of its charm to the performance of its leading man--an actor of remarkable skill whose hunky presence dominates much of the movie.

It's the sort of romantic fluff that would have starred JEAN ARTHUR and GARY COOPER had it been made in the '30s. The New York location photography is excellent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kate and Leopold See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,725,408, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$47,121,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,019,048
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Konrad Pictures, Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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