Watch: Empire Records 1995 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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?.
Plot: The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.
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Empire Records — Mostly marginal kids working in a record shop as solace
Empire Records is funny and slightly offbeat teen movie. A well built one, which each quirky character having a well defined personality, a set of problems, and realistic interactions with each other. Their personas all ring solidly true, each with deep emotional affects. However, not everybody will see themselves represented here, it is but a thin slice of society.
The music is good, the dialogs are interesting just like the story, and it keeps an overall positive tone, although it does talk about some serious issues. It touches each subjects lightly, and keep the focus on the what is happening, on the development of the situation.
You will be entertained, if you’re looking for a good adolescent flick.
A failure at first
Empire Records may not be a musical, but without music, it wouldn’t really have much of a story, would it? It does fit into the main prerequisite for this week: it was a total bomb on release before finding an audience that was ready for it years after it was actually made. This coming of age and battle against the corporation film may have just been too much for 1995, but in 2019? It fits right in.
Writer Carol Heikkinen supposedly worked at a Tower Records store (IMDB claims that it was store #166 at Phoenix’s Christown Mall) and used tons of stories that she had experienced while working there.
This is the story of 24 hours in the life of Delaware’s Empire Records, an independent music store. It starts when Joe (Anthony LaPaglia, The Client, Annabelle: Creation), the store manager, allows Lucas (Rory Cochrane, Dazed and Confused) to close the store alone for the first time.
That’s when he learns that Music Town, a national entertainment big box store, is buying Empire Records. To keep its spirit of independence alive, he takes all $9,000 from that day’s sales and sets out to quadruple it in Atlantic City. Sure, he doubles it, but Lucas’ luck could never hold out.
The next morning, a decimated Luchas is found by A.J. (Johnny Whitworth, who ended up being Blackout in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance before anyone cared about superhero movies) and Mark (Ethan Embry, Pete on Sneaky Pete). He tells the two of them of his plight as they try to keep him away from Joe, who is looking for the missing deposit once the bank and the actual owner call.
The real heart of Empire Records lies within the kids that work there, like Corey (Liv Tyler), Gina (an impossibly young Renée Zellweger), the suicidal and soon-to-be bald Deb (Robin Tunney, The Craft) and her hanger-on boyfriend Berko (Coyote Shivers, who was married to Liv Tyler’s mom at the time, former groupie Bebe Buell).
The truth of it all is that Joe had wanted to become co-owner all along and had hoped to use that $9,000 to make it happen, keeping the store independent. Meanwhile, all hell is breaking loose because the store is dealing with Rex Manning Day.
Yes, former 80’s pop star Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield) is coming to the store, which has a line of older women and gay men ready to greet him. The store employees and even Rex’s assistant (Debi Mazar, who continually wins me over in small roles) openly hate the singer, but Corey has been planning to give him her virginity. He blows her off and ends up sleeping with her best friend, Gina, as all hell breaks loose.
So much of Empire Records really does hold true to the hijinks ensue manifesto. It’s an episodic account of this one big day in the heart of a record store, complete with shoplifters being converted into employees, a mock funeral for Deb to cheer her up, an all-night benefit to “Save the Empire” and love winning against all costs. Oh yeah and Gwar shows up.
It’s amazing that this movie even made it on the screen, as it was severely edited in post-production, with three significant characters and 40 minutes of footage ending up on the cutting room floor.
Reviewers said things like the movie was a “soundtrack in search of a movie,” “deserved a bullet to put it out of its misery” and it was a “lost cause.” That said – the soundtrack album peaked at #63 on the Billboard charts and The Gin Blossoms’ “Til I Hear It From You” and Edwyn Collins’ “A Girl Like You” made it into the top 40.
Today, a film that only made $300,000 on initial release plays revival houses and has enjoyed several home video re-releases. April 8th has now become Rex Manning Day to so many people now.
Sadly, this movie may not mean much to kids today, as music stores have disappeared. Yes. even the big stores like Music Town.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min), 1 hr 47 min (107 min) (special extended edition) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Director Allan Moyle
Writer Carol Heikkinen
Actors Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,556 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)