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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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Bob the host
Tudor Sherrard ...
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Airport Porter
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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

Teller talks at the end of the movie, which for many people was the first time they had ever heard the magician's voice. See more »

Goofs

When Penn is being removed from the casino by the cop, his chants of "Attica! Attica!" don't match his mouth. That's because he originally sang "We shall overcome! We shall overcome!" as can be seen in the trailer. See more »

Quotes

[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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I Started A Joke
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Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
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it grows on you
21 May 1999 | by (Alaska USA) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, I was disappointed. The laughs, it seemed, had been few and far between. After watching it again, however, some of the more subtle jokes caught my attention (in a word, Teller's facial expressions), and I found myself watching it yet a third time, and actually enjoying it. In other words, it "grew" on me.


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