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The Illusionist (2006)

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Airs Fri. Oct. 28, 11:30 AM on SHOW

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



(screenplay), (short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist")
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Fischer (as Edward Marsan)
Tom Fisher ...
Young Eisenheim (as Aaron Johnson)
Doctor / Old Man
Herr Doebler
Philip McGough ...
Dr. Hofzinser
Count Rainer
Von Thurnburg


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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Nothing is what it seems

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ilusionista  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$39,825,798 (USA) (12 January 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Crown Prince was asking the Inspector if he saw Sophie and Eisenheim fornicating, the Prince's lips are clearly saying f***ing. The word fornicating was dubbed over so the movie could receive a PG-13 rating. Actors can use the f-word in a PG-13 movie if they are saying, for example, "I bumped my f***ing head!", but if the f-word is used in reference to sex, the movie will get an R rating. See more »


Near the end of the film, Chief Inspector Uhl is in Prince Leopold's office. In the close-up scene when the two argue, you can clearly view the boom mic, going from one character to the other, in the reflection on the brass table lamp. See more »


[first lines]
woman in audience: It's her. I know it's her! She wants to tell us something.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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User Reviews

Simply a wonderful film! Absolutely stunning Cinemaptography!
16 September 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. It's just that simple. I've seen it several times and the charm never wears off. Yes, it ultimately is a 'feel good movie', but is that so wrong? It keeps you mesmerized until the very last scene. This film is destined to be a classic.

As I read some of the other comments about this movie on IMDb, I realize that cynicism can easily get in the way of just enjoying a movie for what it is. This is a magnificent film! Edward Norton and Paul Giametti are terrific and so is the rest of the cast. The cinematography was stunning. The script was superb. The direction was outstanding. I really can't say anything bad about this film. I thoroughly recommend this movie! I could give it no less than a 10.

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