Movie House Memories

Empire Records (1995)

Episode #55

Warner Bros released Empire Records to theaters on October 20, 1995. Allan Moyle directs the film which stars Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, and Maxwell Caulfield.

Empire Records Movie Summary

Empire Records, open until midnight, is a small record store set in a small Delaware town…as opposed to the big cities of Delaware that the state is famous for. The film takes place on Saturday, April 8th in a little over a 24 hour time span (even if the lighting in some morning scenes looks like they were filmed in late afternoon…and some afternoon scenes look like they were filmed at sunset).

The film begins the previous Friday night with Empire’s store manager, Joe, allowing his pseudo-adopted son, Lucas, to close the store alone for the first time. All Lucas has to do is count the money twice, stay away from Joe’s drum sticks, Joe’s beer, and Joe’s cigars, BUT while counting the money for the second time…and pounding away on Joe’s desk with Joe’s drumsticks, next to Joe’s open beer bottles, AND smoking Joe’s cigar, Lucas stumbles upon an acetate sheet with the rival and very corporate Music Town facade drawn on it that fits perfectly over another photo of Empire Record’s storefront.

Feeling lucky, Lucas decides to “Damn the Man”, and hightails it to Atlantic City with the $9104 in tow to win enough money to save Empire Records from becoming just another Music Town franchise. Unfortunately for him, he craps out on the second roll of the dice, and loses everything.

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Warner Bros released Empire Records to theaters on October 20, 1995. Allan Moyle directs the film which stars Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, and Maxwell Caulfield.

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