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Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)

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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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Penn (as Penn)
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Carlotta / Officer McNamara (as Celia McGuire)
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The Fan
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Ernesto
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Officer McNamara
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Bob the host
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Leonard Parker ...
Airport Porter
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Jesus Freak
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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 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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Con la morte non si scherza  »

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Trivia

In the scene where Teller is being held down with ropes by audience members, the one closest to Penn Jillette is James Randi, aka "The Amazing Randi". A close friend and mentor, Randi wrote the book "The Faith Healers" and exposed psychic doctors to the public, a driving plot point in the film. See more »

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In Officer McNamara's boathouse, Teller's leg brushes against a cylindrical cushion and knocks it off the couch as he is walking across the room. Shortly thereafter, the cushion has returned to the couch, and Teller picks it up before sitting down. See more »

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[after Penn gets shot]
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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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A mess.
2 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The idea is promising: is someone actually trying to kill Penn (following his peculiar request), or is it all a big hoax? But the result is a mess. The script that Penn and Teller wrote is unstructured and complex, and it doesn't seem to have a discernible beginning, middle or end. There is a funny and creative scene in an airport, early on, and then the film goes downhill. The VERY last monologue we hear, however, is kind of clever... (**)


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