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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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A Friendship That Became a Rivalry. See more »


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

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$53,082,743 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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Six of the film's stars have played roles in several comic book films. Both Christian Bale and Michael Caine have appeared as Batman and Alfred respectively in Christopher Nolan's own "Dark Knight Trilogy." Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. Scarlett Johansson played Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Rebecca Hall appeared as Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013). Andy Serkis played Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin (2011), as well as Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film as Angier is lying shot on the floor he tells Borden that entering the machine on stage each night was hard, not knowing if he would appear on the balcony or drop in the tank.

Previously, it is shown that the cloned items always appear elsewhere, while the original item remains in the machine. Tesla's experiments with the top hat and the cat, along with Angier's own experiment with himself, all end with the cloned item appearing outside the machine.

The original Angier would have dropped into the tank on the first attempt. Thereafter, a clone would have carried on being Angier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Featured in Getaway: Episode #15.39 (2006) See more »

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Analyse
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Edward Yorke)
Performed by Thom Yorke
Courtesy of XL Recordings
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Just As Intriguing The Second Time, Too!
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice now - about a year ago and then yesterday - and thoroughly enjoyed it both times, even the second time when I remembered some of those fantastic twists in the last half hour. Sometimes it's even more fun to view a film like this when you know a few things, because earlier scenes take on new meaning.

It's not an easy film to totally digest, even with two viewings, because that ending has some mind-boggling revelations. Without having to resort to spoilers, let me just say the story is extremely interesting, the acting very good, the period pieces fun to view and it's a pretty clean movie so grandma can also enjoy it, too, without language or sex concerns.

Basically, it's a story about obsession between two magicians in the last decade of the 19th century. They continually try to top one another and things get nasty along the way. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are both fun to watch in those roles, as are Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson in supporting roles.

This is one movie guaranteed to have you thinking about it when it's over!


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