7.2/10
323
12 user 9 critic

Illusion (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | October 2004 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A once-powerful, but now ailing movie director nears the end of his life. As he awaits death, he slips into a "dream" and is shown three "snippets" of the movie of his son's life. At first ... See full summary »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Diamonds (1999)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Mystery about an ex-prizefighter who embarks on a journey to find 13 missing diamonds.

Director: John Asher
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters
The Big Thing (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Zany situations and lapses of twisted logic make for a comedic romp when a free-spirited hippy couple (Mo and Ned) inadvertently show up a week late to attend the wedding of shallow ... See full summary »

Director: Aleks Horvat
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Alexandra Boyd, Van Quattro
Leave (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Henry Harper is a successful novelist who has it all. But after surviving a recent trauma he finds himself haunted by a dream that terrifies him. Convinced that the only way to understand ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Celestino
Stars: Rick Gomez, Frank John Hughes, Vinessa Shaw
Take Me Home Again (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ed Reece, an old travelling salesman, decides to end his days in the place in which he was born. Therefore he convinces his elder son to acompany him on his last long voyage of farewell.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Craig T. Nelson, Bess Armstrong
Hard Four (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When legendary gambler Golden Hands Segal suffers a fatal heart attack at the craps table in Las Vegas, his grandson Freddy Meingold and boyhood pal Spencer Ragusa have less than 24 hours to retrieve the body for burial in New Jersey.

Director: Charles Dennis
Stars: Ross Benjamin, John Macaray, Samuel Gould
Dark Mind (2006)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An inventor (Masterson) must protect his inventions from becoming casualties of the Cold War.

Director: Nicholas Peterson
Stars: Christopher Masterson, Lyndsy Fonseca, David DeLuise
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two months shy of their wedding, a couple decide to allow each other last flings until their wedding.

Director: Wallace Wolodarsky
Stars: Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson, Andy Richter
The Secret (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mostly on account of a pride struggle, Mike Dunmore has lived his whole life keeping a secret which he believed would only cause shame if it came to light. Personal relationships with his ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Bruce Boxleitner, Brock Peters
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

Director: William Karel
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rooney, Kirk Douglas
Animation | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An anime adaptation of the Hindu myth the Ramayana, where the avatar Sri Ram combats the wicked king Ravana.

Director: Yûgô Sakô
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Edie Mirman, Tom Wyner
Illusion V (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

ILLUSION is a film about people, their wishes, fears, hopes and longings. A glance behind the facade of daily routine. A visually stunning cycle between reality and illusion, a carousel of ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Reber
Stars: Christoph Baumann, Marina Anna Eich, Mira Gittner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Donald Baines
...
Christopher
...
Isabelle
...
...
Mortimer
Ron Marasco ...
Stan
...
Ian
...
Sara
...
Kay
Ronald Víctor García ...
Andrew
Michael Kemmerling ...
Seymour
...
Renee
Nancy Jeffries ...
Anastasia
Steve Chabon ...
Bishop
...
Interviewer
Edit

Storyline

A once-powerful, but now ailing movie director nears the end of his life. As he awaits death, he slips into a "dream" and is shown three "snippets" of the movie of his son's life. At first suspicious, then curious, and ultimately captivated, he watches his son's growth from mid-teens to mid-thirties as the son pursues his life-long love, Isabelle. The two constants through these snippets are his pursuit of Isabelle and the imagined voice of his father, telling him that he is worthless and unwanted. It is not until the story reaches its conclusion, that the old man discovers the surprising truth about his son and himself. Written by wingsong919

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The only person who could change the story of his life...was the father he never knew.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ilusion  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kirk Douglas has announced that this will be his last movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The story doesn't end when you get here, like you think it might. All the mortal pieces have scattered, but the impressions remain. Every last one of them.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One for the Ages!
8 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The "Illusion" reminds me of Cinema Paradiso and Broadway Danny Rose in that it challenges the viewer to suspend its belief and follow the fantasy of second chances and missed opportunities. This is done in an effective manner with the main characters played by Kirk Douglas and Mike Goorjian.

The challenges of the film are evident in how much to show both the viewer and Douglas' character without giving away the whole truth. Goorjian's character is consistently interesting in that with no direct intervention of a patriarch, he is destined to attack life in unconventionally original ways. An example of this is the wooing of his first and only love by round-robin poetry. Douglas is very engaging, searching for his son through the only medium which he can relate-cinema. Understandably, neither character changes, until the very end.

It is a sad statement on the affairs of father/son relationships. Not being able/unwilling to relate seems to be the common theme in this film. However, when it counts, a true father's voice will always ring loud and clear. The performances are consistent and distant at the same time.

This is clearly a complex film which simply describes lost relationships rediscovered in the only medium that can truly impacts everyone. Yet its appeal can translate to all ages.

This film should be seen all and I feel that Kirk Douglas may finally have found his first Oscar.


14 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I know Michael Goorjian! dhirschman
Bad Bad Bad jvanderpot
Ugh! emilymnyc
i must find a way to see this skuttery
Later this year!! aejohns410
Coming this October! RivenWinner
Discuss Illusion (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?