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The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 2009 (USA)
A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

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When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Written by Anonymous

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Greatness is a state of mind. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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10 April 2009 (USA)  »

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A Mente que Mente  »

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Opening Weekend:

$115,004 (USA) (20 March 2009)

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$748,363 (USA) (3 July 2009)
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Trivia

The character of "Troy Gable" is based on director Sean McGinly's experiences as road manager for The Amazing Kreskin, on which The Great Buck Howard is loosely based. See more »

Goofs

The scene with the mass hypnosis, supposedly in Cincinnati, is clearly in the main lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The banner with Placido Domingo's name is even clearly seen hanging outside. See more »

Quotes

Troy Gable: Dad, what are you doing here?
Mr. Gable: I was gonna ask you the same question.
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References The John Davidson Show (1980) See more »

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What the World Needs Now
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by George Takei
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Enjoyable
13 June 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a young man who quits law school to become the assistant to a waning mentalist performer.

"The Great Buck Howard" has a unconventional beginning, with coloured subtitles helping to get points across. It is a fun way to start a film, yet the rest of the film has a vastly different tone.The title character Buck Howard is an unpleasant and mean guy, and yet somehow he strikes a chord with the viewers. He makes me sympathise with his misfortunes, and feel sad that his amazing acts get overlooked by the public and the press. I wanted Buck Howard to succeed in his tricks, even though he is unpleasant to work with.

I enjoyed watching "The Great Buck Howard".


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