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

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

Kevin Kline was originally going to play Buck Howard. Colin Hanks stated this in an interview at the premiere of Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). 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

Buck Howard: That's distilled water. I'm not an iron.
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Features Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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Do You Believe in Magic
Written by John Sebastian
Performed by Debra Monk
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have to disagree with the boring comments
19 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I am not a huge Malcovich fan. Enjoyed him in "In the line of Fire", but not a whole lot else. He was excellent in this movie though. I would say in fact, that most all of the casting was excellent. Colin Hank was wonderful, very believable.

The film was very clean as well. Almost no foul language, no nudity, even for the obligatory love interest.

Two wonderful plot points (though not a spoiler) - Also, wonderful ongoing tension with George Takai that was neatly addressed in the end. This was nicely done and an interesting possible allusion to Wm Shatner's humorous attempts at singing. Opening credits are hilarious with the "you want to be a lawyer" vignette.

In many ways, one might say Buck Howard's character is a blend of Ed Wood and Wm Shatner. I will be interested to see what other people write in the coming months. Take the time to watch it though. I don't think you will be disappointed.


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