Apt Pupil (1998)

Director
Bryan Singer

Main cast
Ian McKellen; Brad Renfro; David Schwimmer; Bruce Davison; Ann Dowd

Genres
Drama, Thriller

Description
Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects him.


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