Like “Dead Poet’s Society and “Mr.Holland’s Opus” before it, “The Emperor’s Club” is at once inspirational and heartrending, haunting and magnificent – and ultimately unforgettable.
William Hundert (Kevin Kline) a teacher of Greek and Roman History, finds his cloistered world of influence upended by the arrival of a new student. Sedgewick Bell (Emile Hirsch) refuses to cooperate and at every opportunity breaks the rules and undermines Hundert’s authority. This open defiance causes Hundert such conflict, that he decides to tackle the problem in a totally unexpected way – with profound and life changing consequences for both the teacher and his rebellious student.
‘Kline gives a beautiful performance, one every bit as moving as Williams’ in Dead Poet’s Society, Robert Donat’s in Mr Chips and Michael Redgrave’s in The Browning Version’ - Chicago Tribune.