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Sean McGinly (written by)
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Release Date:
5 June 2009 (Latvia) See more »
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Get ready for the comeback of a lifetime. See more »
Plot:
A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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John Malkovich ... Buck Howard

Colin Hanks ... Troy Gable

Emily Blunt ... Valerie Brennan

Ricky Jay ... Gil Bellamy

Steve Zahn ... Kenny

Tom Hanks ... Mr. Gable

Griffin Dunne ... Jonathan Finerman

Debra Monk ... Doreen

Adam Scott ... Alan Berkman

Patrick Fischler ... Michael Perry

Wallace Langham ... Dan Green

Jonathan Ames ... Edward Kelly

Jacquie Barnbrook ... Sheila Heller
Paul Darricarrere ... Restaurant Manager
Terry Scannell ... Kip
Matt Hoey ... Charley
Jobi Graham ... Tall Guy

B.J. Hendricks ... Burly Guy

Nate Hartley ... Teenage Kid (as Nathan Hartley)

Floyd Van Buskirk ... Middle Aged Gentleman

Sandy Martin ... Female Hotel Worker

Wendy Worthington ... Oregon Woman

Danica Sheridan ... Wisconsin Woman

Casey Wilson ... Charity
Steven Metzler ... Ventriloquist
Bill Saluga ... Bill Saluga

Gary Coleman ... Gary Coleman

Michael Winslow ... Michael Winslow

Jack Carter ... Jack Carter
Julie Shimer ... L.A. Benefit Producer

Stacey Travis ... Cindy Crown
Jill Christine ... Cincinnati TV Coordinator (as Jill Ragan)
David Nunn ... Cincinnati TV Producer
Bill Rochon ... Cincinnati TV Engineer

David Anthony Higgins ... Mark Simpson (as David Higgins)

Ming Lo ... Doctor

Kimberly Scott ... Nurse
Sheila Gray Robinson ... Cincinnati Anchor
Robert Lewis Williams ... Cincinnati Anchor
Daniel Leo Carroll ... Cincinnati Anchor

Max E. Williams ... Flower Delivery Guy (as Max Williams)

Dale Waddington ... Sleeping Woman (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)

Martha Stewart ... Martha Stewart

Damien Fahey ... Damien Fahey

Conan O'Brien ... Conan O'Brien

Jon Stewart ... Jon Stewart

David Blaine ... David Blaine

Regis Philbin ... Regis Philbin

Kelly Ripa ... Kelly Ripa

George Takei ... George Takei

Mary Hart ... Mary Hart

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno

Tom Arnold ... Tom Arnold

Don Most ... Tonight Show Producer

Shane Johnson ... Las Vegas Producer

Amy Jo Traicoff ... Las Vegas Woman
Melissa Stone ... Las Vegas Wife (as Melissa Dawn Stone)

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Russell
Marni McFair ... Doctor in Audience
Mary Jo Burger ... Audience Member
Norm O'Neill ... Audience Member with Cash (as Norman O'Neill)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ... Band
Alec Ounsworth ... Band Member: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Sean Greenhalgh ... Band Member: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Robert Guertin ... Band Member: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Tyler Sargent ... Band Member: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Lee Sargent ... Band Member: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dave Attell ... Las Vegas Husband (as David Attell)

Ankur Bhatt ... (uncredited)
Yuki Bird ... Law School Student (uncredited)
Greg Brown ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Tony Clemons ... Law Student (uncredited)

David Cohen ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Bubba Da Skitso ... Sitcom Actor (uncredited)

Osa Danam ... Hypnotized Woman (uncredited)
Mike Hennessey ... Flashy Las Vegas Audience Member (uncredited)

Diana Kyle ... Hypnotized Woman (uncredited)
Chene Lawson ... Law Student #1 (uncredited)

Kirsten Maryott ... Dani (uncredited)

Madeline McCuskey ... Wife (uncredited)

David Mehl ... Hypnotized Guest (uncredited)

P. David Miller ... Sleeping Woman's Husband (uncredited)
Wayne Roadie ... Law Student (uncredited)
Franklin Ruehl ... Diner (uncredited)
Lawrence J. Russo ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Lorna Scott ... Leesburg Virginia Woman (uncredited)

Paul Simon ... Grateful Old Performer (uncredited)

Katherine VanderLinden ... Law Student (uncredited)
Nate Witty ... Law Student #2 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sean McGinly 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Sean McGinly (written by)

Produced by
Marvin V. Acuna .... executive producer (as Marvin Acuna)
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Tom Hanks .... producer
Steve Shareshian .... executive producer (as Steven Shareshian)
Ginger Sledge .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Blake Neely 
 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Myron I. Kerstein  (as Myron Kerstein)
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
 
Art Direction by
Tristan Paris Bourne  (as Tristan P. Bourne)
 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton-Doll)
 
Costume Design by
Johnetta Boone (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Karen Asano-Myers .... hair stylist: Mr. Hanks, additional unit (as Karen Myers)
Bridget Cook .... key hair stylist (as Bridget McNamara Cook)
Bill Corso .... key makeup artist (as William Corso)
Nicole DeFrancesco .... hair stylist (as Nicole J. Frank)
Nicole DeFrancesco .... hair stylist: additional unit (as Nicole Frank)
Martina Kohl .... makeup artist: additional unit
Kenny Myers .... makeup artist: Mr. Hanks, additional unit
Cheryl Ann Nick .... key makeup artist (as Cheryl Nick)
Carol Schwartz .... makeup artist (as Carol Schwartz Maehl)
Vivian Baker .... makeup artist: Mr. Hanks (uncredited)
Ginger Damon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lis Kern .... post-production supervisor
Ginger Sledge .... unit production manager
Michael Soto .... unit production manager
Mylan Stepanovich .... executive in charge of production
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Lila Yacoub .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... key second assistant director (as Rosemary Cremona)
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... first assistant director (as Vincent N. Palmo Jr.)
 
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... property master: additional unit
Susannah Carradine .... art department coordinator
Bob Cervi .... set dresser
Kevin Chambers .... set dresser
Nicki Cohen .... buyer
Tim Donelan .... set dresser
Doug DuRose .... assistant property master
Marcus Epps .... on-set dresser
Don Kaeding .... leadman (as Donald Kaeding)
Charles Kern .... stand-by painter
David Lucene .... draper
Dana McCall .... assistant property master
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Anuradha Mehta .... set decorator: additional unit (as Radha Metha)
Matthew Murphy .... leadman: additional unit
Andre Sowards .... on-set dresser: additional unit
Will Ziegenhorn .... art department production assistant
Michael Keith Aleshire-Rezendez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Nicole Dome .... set dresser (uncredited)
Katherine Grace .... layout board (uncredited)
Tracy Morris Johnson .... buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... dialogue supervisor (as Dave Arnold)
Eric Bautista .... sound utility (as Eric A. Bautista)
Gaston Biraben .... dialogue editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
William Cawley .... first assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor
Michael Dressel .... foley supervisor
Robert Eber .... sound mixer: additional unit (as Bob Eber)
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator
José Antonio García .... sound mixer (as Jose Antonio Garcia)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nicholas V. Korda)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (as Lisa Levine)
Brian Magerkurth .... sound recordist
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Murray .... second assistant sound editor
Rupert Nadeau .... adr assistant
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Singer .... foley recordist
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
William L. Arance .... visual effects supervisor: Film Roman
Brent M. Bowen .... visual effects artist: Film Roman
Chadd B. Cole .... visual effects supervisor: Film Roman
Carin Davis .... visual effects producer: Film Roman
Harry Eisenstein .... visual effects supervisor: Film Roman
Steven Fahey .... compositing supervisor: Film Roman
Steven Fahey .... visual effects
Peter Gend .... visual effects artist: Film Roman
Adam Klein .... Animator/3D Artist
Carol VanHook .... visual effects artist: Film Roman
Andrea Yomtob .... visual effects artist: Film Roman (as Andrea N. Yomtob)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brandon Ainsworth .... best boy rigging electric
Randy Babchuck .... rigging electric
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer: additional unit
Kenneth Bender .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kenneth C. Bender)
Brian Cantrell .... rigging electric
Kevin Chickanis .... rigging grip
Loren Corl .... key grip: additional unit
Donald D. Davidson .... electrician (as Don D. Davidson)
R. Michael De Chellis .... best boy electric: additional unit (as Michael De Chellis)
Jerry C. Deats .... key grip
Sean Devine .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Reggie Dominquez .... camera loader
Robert Dudley .... key rigging grip
Charles Ehrlinger .... grip
Sammy Escobar .... best boy grip: additional unit
Claire Farrand-Stone .... camera loader (as Claire Farrand Stone)
Robbie Greenberg .... director of photography: additional unit
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: additional unit
Owen Hablutzel .... grip (as O. Hablutzel)
Dan Hawking .... rigging gaffer (as Daniel Hawking)
Douglas Henri .... rigging grip
Mark Humphreys .... camera loader
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip (as Jeffrey Johnson)
Matt Kubas .... rigging electric
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Michael Lyon .... electrician
Markus Mentzer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Luis Moreno .... best boy electric
Charles Papert .... camera operator
James Plannette .... gaffer: additional unit (as Jim Plannette)
Ron Santoyo .... grip
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera (as Baird B. Steptoe)
Tony Thomas .... grip
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Jaimie Trueblood .... still photographer
Richard Turner .... camera operator: "b" camera
Scott Watkins .... best boy rigging grip (as Scott D. Watkins)
Paul Wilkowsky .... grip
Michael Woodside .... electrician
Randy Woodside .... gaffer
John Young .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Isaac McKee .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Andrew Robison .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Riley Sidore .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Tony Varuola .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting associate
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Carla Lewis .... extras casting associate
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
Leslie Woo .... casting intern (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Dietch .... costumer
Kendall Errair .... on-set costumer
Juan Lopez .... costume supervisor (as Juan A. Lopez)
Robert Mata .... key costumer
Shelli Nishino .... costumer
Stephanie Portnoy Porter .... costume buyer (as Stephanie Portnoy)
 
Editorial Department
Bert Beatson .... post-production runner
Mellissa Bretherton .... first assistant editor (as Melissa Bretherton)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Brandon Jones .... editing production assistant
Paul Lavoie .... digital post-production manager
Matt Maddox .... second assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Nathaniel Park .... editor: main title sequence
Alexis Seymour .... first assistant editor
Jonas Thaler .... post-production executive
Greg Thompson .... first assistant editor
Brent White .... additional editor
Tanner Bean .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Lucy Juliet Westphal .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Lacy Wittman .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Josh Aberson .... scoring assistant
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
James T. Hill .... score recordist
James T. Hill .... scoring mixer
Peter Myles .... music editor
Elizabeth Neely .... music studio manager
Northwest Sinfonia .... musicians
Robert Puff .... music preparation: Robert Puff Music
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
David Sabee .... conductor: Northwest Sinfonia
Andrew Silver .... music editor
Michael D. Simon .... scoring assistant
 
Transportation Department
Michael Bangs .... transportation co-captain (as Mike Bangs)
Stephan Brooks .... driver (as Stephen Brooks)
Lewis Burnett .... driver
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: John Malkovich
William Dreher .... driver (as William T. Dreher)
Jay Galloway .... driver
Don Joseph .... driver
Robert Kitterman Jr. .... driver
Craig Lietzke .... transportation co-captain
Tom Lyons .... transportation captain (as Thomas Lyons)
Luis Mata .... driver
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator (as Joel A. Renfro)
Kirk Roberts .... driver
German Rodriguez .... driver
Michael 'Bud' Ruben .... driver (as Michael Ruben)
Scott Sampson .... driver
Adam Segen .... driver
John Simanovich .... transportation co-captain
James Westdorpe .... driver (as James Westdorp)
L. Chip Crosby Jr. .... additional driver (uncredited)
Miguel Lozano .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Ortiz .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lance Baily .... set production assistant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
John Butterfield .... stand-in
Tony Clark .... magic consultant
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Lisa Curtis .... assistant production coordinator (as Lisa Joelle Curtis)
Shelly Darden .... assistant: Mr. Malkovich (as Shelly M. Darden)
Jose De Jesus Garcia .... assistant chef
Allison Diamond .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Jon Donahue .... stand-in: Tom Hanks
Derek Doneen .... set production intern
Ryan Ebelt .... production assistant
Annette Encinas .... payroll accountant
Elif Erginer .... location assistant
Anne Marie Feldman .... first assistant accountant: additional unit
Evan Feuerman .... assistant post-production accountant
Jessica Franks .... set production assistant
Tiffany Fraser .... post-production accountant
Mario Gilbert .... key assistant location manager: additional unit
Nathan Christopher Glass .... assistant chef
Ryan Gomez .... post production assistant accountant
Armando Gonzalez .... assistant chef
Jeff Gross .... production resources
Jill Hahn .... second assistant accountant (as Jill K. Hahn)
Tory Haljun .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Cate Hardman .... script supervisor
Justin W. Hill .... key assistant location manager
Luke Homeres .... Coordinator: Physical Production - Walden Media
Meredith Humbracht .... production coordinator
Jose G. Hurtado .... assistant chef
Barry Hutchins .... craft service
Suzanne Januszewski .... production assistant
Ricky Jay .... technical consultant: magic
Douglas Jones .... senior physical production executive
Christian Laffey .... production assistant
Jackie Levine .... production executive
Brandon Linville .... first assistant accountant
Jim Meenaghan .... business & legal affairs executive
Jennifer Mosley .... production assistant
Tara Norris .... assistant: Mr. McGinly
Robert Paulsen .... key assistant location manager
Sally Potters .... production secretary (as Sally Jean Potters)
Eric Quijano .... assistant: Mr. Shareshian
Sooki Raphael .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Brennan Reynolds .... production assistant
Kevin Thomas Roy .... set production assistant
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator: additional unit
Alex Schwartz .... production executive
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Julie Shimer .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Deborah Simmrin .... publicist
Kelly A. Snyder .... production accountant
Emre Sonmez .... location manager
Mollie Stallman .... key set production assistant
Kim Thio .... set medic
Marsha Trainer .... second second assistant accountant
Joshua C. Van Ermen .... craft service assistant
Derek Weil .... set production intern
Taylor Zerbey .... production intern
Orlando Chongo .... craft service (uncredited)
Natasha Delahunt .... background coordinator (uncredited)
Gabriel J. Diaz .... editor: main title sequence (uncredited)
Seth Kleinberg .... producer: main titles (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Michael Lippert .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joey Rivera .... craft service (uncredited)
Sven Zuege .... designer/animator main titles: Prologue Films (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference
Runtime:
90 min
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Trivia:
The Las Vegas scene was filmed in Hollywood on the same set that was used for the Palace Hotel Ballroom scene in The Blues Brothers (1980).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Troy Gable:Dad, what are you doing here?
Mr. Gable:I was gonna ask you the same question.
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Soundtrack:
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37 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
I Loved This Movie!!!!, 26 March 2009
Author: J_Trex from Philadelphia

This was a very good comedy, well written and acted. The dialog was witty, the plot kept the pace going, and the character development was very good. Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is an "Amazing Kreskin" type magician who hires an assistant named Troy (Colin Hanks)to help him out while on the road, playing small venues in small towns. Troy is a law school dropout who decides to pursue a career in show business, against the wishes of his father (played by Tom Hanks in a brief role). Buck Howard had been a bigger star in the past, playing on Johnny Carson 61 times, but recently had been down on his luck.

Troy tells the story (Nick Carraway like) of Howard's life on the road, his unlikely comeback, and his fall back to earth. Along the way, we are introduced to Valerie, a publicity agent, excellently portrayed by Emily Blunt. Troy and Valerie become romantically involved, which makes Buck jealous, of whom specifically is unclear. Everyone in the movie seems curious as to Buck's sexual orientation: is he gay or not? Nobody knows for sure.

There were numerous cameo appearances by notable celebrities throughout the movie and Steve Zahn put in a hilarious performance as one of Buck's devoted fans.

This was a very funny movie, and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good comedy.

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