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The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 20 October 2006 (USA)
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Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.



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In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran truco  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,801,808 (USA) (20 October 2006)


$53,082,743 (USA) (2 February 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nikola Tesla was a world-renowned inventor, physicist, and engineer. For a while, he conducted electrical experiments at his lab in Colorado Springs, where he was also known for his eccentric behavior. See more »


When Angier and Root, both played by Hugh Jackman, are in a circular tracking shot together, Angier wobbles up and down slightly, revealing him to be the inserted visual effect. See more »


[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »


Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Edward Yorke)
Performed by Thom Yorke
Courtesy of XL Recordings
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Amazing! twist after twist!
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say this is one of the best movies i have seen this year, i was not expecting it to be that good. There's twist after twist, and when you think there is no more, there will be. Great performances and ever better plot. I highly recommend this movie to all ages.

New idea for a movie, and they succeeded it at it greatly. It will have you thinking every time you see a magician on TV!

i had to give this movie a 10/10, and i only have 4 movies that i would rate that way in my life time. If there is anything you do this year, make it a trip to watch this movie!

I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

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