Kate & Leopold

December 25th, 2001


Kate & Leopold

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Still of Meg Ryan in Kate & LeopoldStill of Liev Schreiber and Hugh Jackman in Kate & LeopoldStill of Hugh Jackman in Kate & LeopoldStill of Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman in Kate & LeopoldJames Mangold in Kate & LeopoldStill of Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold

Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.2/10 (32,553 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber

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.

Writers: Steven Rogers, James Mangold

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 - Ad Executive Phil
Charlotte Ayanna - Patrice
Philip Bosco - Otis
Andrew Jack - Roebling
Stan Tracy - Photographer
Kristen Schaal - Miss Tree

Taglines: If they lived in the same century they'd be perfect for each other.


Official Website: NZZ Online - Neue Zürcher Zeitung (German) |

Release Date: 25 December 2001

Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,562,448 (USA) (23 December 2001) (2449 Screens)

Gross: $47,095,453 (USA) (17 February 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

In Stuart's apartment we see a framed poster depicting the 1969 World Champion New York Mets.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Kate reads the letter of apology from Leopold, he asks her to "except" his apology, instead of accept.

[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.

User Review

Charming romantic comedy...with time travel weaknesses...


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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