Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  22 September 1989 (USA)
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Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penn (as Penn)
Carlotta / Officer McNamara (as Celia McGuire)
The Fan
Celia McGuire ...
Officer McNamara
Bill Randolph ...
Floor Director
John Miller ...
Steve the bandleader
Ellen Whyte ...
Makeup Woman
Ted Neustadt ...
Bob the host
Tudor Sherrard ...
1st Frat Boy
2nd Frat Boy
3rd Frat Boy
Leonard Parker ...
Airport Porter
Christopher Durang ...
Jesus Freak


Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of them begins a series of pranks on the other to suggest a real threat. Then they find that a real psychopath is interested in them. Written by John Vogel <>

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Con la morte non si scherza  »

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The elderly man and woman seated at a table on the right side of the screen during Penn and "Carlotta's" conversation in the Mexican restaurant were Penn's real-life parents, Sam and Valda Jillette. See more »


When Penn, Teller and Officer McNamara watch the P&T compilation video at the crazed fan's apartment, the video has scenes of "Weekend Live" from the beginning of the film where Penn is seated left on the couch and Teller on the right from the camera's point-of-view. But in the fan's video of the same segment, Teller is seated on the left and Penn on the right. See more »


[after Penn gets shot]
Woman in Parking Lot: In the shoulder, huh? Well, at that range you were lucky.
Penn: No! I just got shot, that's not lucky. Lucky is winning the lottery.
Woman in Parking Lot: Hey, aren't you that guy who goes on TV and asks people to kill him?
Penn: I didn't ask people to kill me, I said I wished someone were trying to kill me.
Woman in Parking Lot: You said that on national TV? There's a lot of nuts out there! You're lucky I don't have a gun or I'd blow your fucking brains out.
Penn: Yeah, I'm the luckiest guy in the world. Mr. Lucky just got shot in ...
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Crazy Credits

To hide the fact that Caitlin Clarke played a dual role, she was also credited under the pseudonym 'Celia McGuire.' The closing credits reveal the pseudonym with the consecutive credits: Officer McNamara...Celia McGuire Celia McGuire...Caitlin Clarke See more »


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Wickedly funny
27 June 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

A movie no Penn & Teller fan would dream of being without. The first time I watched it, I was perplexed by the oddball atmosphere - this movie just doesn't play like a typical movie. Subsequent viewings have increased my fondness for it, though, and I keep finding more and more humour in it. So much of the humour comes from realizing that the jokes are not just inserted to make us laugh, but are the natural product of a very bizarre world that these two performers are inhabiting all the time. As Teller in a park catches pigeons with his bare hands, Penn says admiringly, "You're getting really good at that. You don't even hurt them anymore." Anymore? What has been going on between Teller and the pigeons all these years? The film is full of these little glimpses into a very weird world.

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