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The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 2009 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mente que Mente  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final Bakersfield appearance, the marquee says BAKERSFIELD CENTER FARTS PRESENTS THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD. The O is missing in OF. See more »


While Buck and Troy are being driven around Cincinnati, you can see palm trees out the back and side windows of the limo. See more »


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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Written and Performed by Branford Marsalis
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You think you've failed at life? Buck Howard will show your path
30 May 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Houdini was once approached by a student who told him, "I know hundreds of card tricks, how many do you know?" Houdini replied, "Five, and I have dedicated my entire life to learning how to entertain an audience with them".

Buck Howard is a dried up celebrity struggling for his last gasp of fame. Almost forty years ago, Johnny Carson gave Buck Howard the title "The Great Buck Howard" and it stuck. Unfortunately, those years have left their mark and Buck is no longer 'Great'. Despite his tired jokes, sappy piano clap-along songs and magic acts he manages to attract small crowds at far-flung venues in the middle of America. The performances are always "One Night Only", as there would never be enough seat-fillers for a second. So what is exactly that keeps him going?

Colin Hanks plays Troy Gable, a law school dropout looking for a detour to finally get the answer to what he is meant to do in life. Will be able to counsel him a unbalanced magician -or mentalist-?

Nicely done, this film is funny and likable. A modern story about life dreams, the fierce entertainment industry, and the sadness that hides behind a bad temperamental person. Every well-known actor that appears in this film,even if they play short cameo roles, plays an important part.

It's quite a gentle, unusual comedy, so morals behind this movie are hard to get. However, this is a good film worth watching and definitely should be shown as an example of outstanding acting from Malkovich to Star Trek actor George Takei.

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