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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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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broma fatal  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Penn Jillette and Teller are abducted by the Filipinos on the beach, Penn says, "Do what you want to the girl, but leave me alone." This line is one of the phrases in George Carlin's list of "Things You Never Hear". See more »


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 »


[the first time Teller has ever spoken on-camera]
Teller: Listen...
The Fan: [shocked] Come on, Teller! The audience knows Teller doesn't talk!
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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 »


References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »


Femme fatale
Performed by The Velvet Underground & Nico
Written by Lou Reed
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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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