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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
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Officer McNamara
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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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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

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 »

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When Penn, Teller, and Carlotta park and Teller replaces the magnetic sign he only changes one side when earlier we see there is a magnetic sign on the other side also. Why dosen't Teller change the other side too? See more »

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[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 »

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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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