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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

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Josef Fischer (as Edward Marsan)
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Willigut
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Young Eisenheim (as Aaron Johnson)
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Count Rainer
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Von Thurnburg
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In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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1 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$927,956 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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£161,900 (UK) (20 August 2010)
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Trivia

Edward Norton did many of his own magic tricks, with the coaching of James Freedman. He worked with Norton preparing him for his stage performances and acted as a hand double in numerous situations. See more »

Goofs

The coins the Illusionist gives the poor children each have a ring surrounding a differently colored disc. The technology to make those coins is only a few decades old. They're Czech 50 heller coins, introduced in 1993. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
woman in audience: It's her. I know it's her! She wants to tell us something.
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Referenced in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Episode #3.6 (2006) See more »

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Brilliant movie, exceptional all around
26 January 2006 | by (Draper, Utah) – See all my reviews

This movie was stunning in many aspects. Visually in terms of locations, inside and out, there was great consistency and a nothing seemed strained. The story weaved fluidly through these locations and seemed to make the locales a vital part of the story. Ed Norton was mesmerizing, a superb performance that allowed the story to unfold seemingly at his discretion. Jess Biel was very believable and stunningly beautiful. Paul Giamatti (sp) played an admirable role and took the viewer by surprise in many elements of the story. The story was fresh and imaginative, very intriguing. Not as predictable as you would think. We saw this at a Sundance screening and the entire theater of 500+ seats was full and when the movie was over all you could hear was excited and happy chatter, lots of applause as well. Director came out for a Q&A after and was very amiable in answering questions. Highly recommended!!!


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