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Houdini (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Romance  -  6 December 1998 (USA)
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The life and times of escape artist/magician Harry Houdini.

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Bess Houdini
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Esther
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Theo
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Mrs. Weiss
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This biographical film tells the story of Harry Houdini, from his birth and immigration to the U.S., through his career in show business as first an escape artist and then a seance debunker, and finally his tragic death. We also see his relationship with wife Bess. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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escape artist | seance | 1890s | magic | 1910s | See more »

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He made a life out of cheating death


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"Believe"... in what exactly?
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a TV movie covering the career, life and afterlife of the illusionist Harry Houdini. It is a romanticized skeletal treatment, covering the basics of the man (raised in poverty, self taught magician, life long mother issues, medium debunker) without any real depth or showing anything new. It is a well done enough production, recreating some of Houdini's daring feats, and the acting is decent (and Jonathon Schaech certainly looks fit enough to pull off Houdini's escapes and high tolerance for pain) but ultimately it is a frame without a portrait, non revealing of the Ehrich Weiss behind the Harry Houdini.

Favorite Line: "I fell in love with Ehrich Weiss; I put up with Harry Houdini."

Worth a rent if you have a mildly curious about Houdini itch to scratch and an hour and a half free.


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