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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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Penn (as Penn)
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Carlotta / Officer McNamara (as Celia McGuire)
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The Fan
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Ernesto
Celia McGuire ...
Officer McNamara
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Steve the bandleader
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Bob the host
Tudor Sherrard ...
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2nd Frat Boy
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3rd Frat Boy
Leonard Parker ...
Airport Porter
Christopher Durang ...
Jesus Freak
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Storyline

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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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 »

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

Penn: Thanks. You've kept me alive and taught me a very important lesson: One should never go on national TV and beg psychopaths to kill one.
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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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Not as good as their stage show.
19 May 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Being a big Penn and Teller fan, and after hearing about this movie I was looking forwards to seeing it, and was gratified when, on a lonely Friday night, I saw it was showing on TV.

It started a little slowly, but I persevered, watching on. Yes it's a mildly amusing film. Certainly it gives us an insight into the world of the magicians, but when it comes down to it, it's simply a series of magic tricks strung together by a very thin plot. The tricks themselves are quite impressive, but in no way are they comparable to the magnificence of the duos live shows. It just doesn't compete. Worth watching but don't look forwards to anything special.


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