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The Prestige (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  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 Rivalry That Turned Deadly. See more »

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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One of two movies released in the fall of 2006 to star Hugh Jackman and Andy Serkis. The other is Flushed Away (2006). See more »


Mr. Alley refers to Nikola Tesla as "Doctor". However, Tesla received his first doctorate in 1908, several years after the events depicted in film take place. See more »


[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Referenced in Demo Reel: The Dark Knight Begins Rising (2012) See more »


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20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Prestige. I am impressed. I am a HUGE fan of Hugh Jackman and bought the book as soon as I heard he would be in this movie. I read it and enjoyed it, but wasn't especially fond of it. But I still had been really looking forward to this movie.

I went to the first showing opening day (Friday, Oct. 20th) with 2 friends and sat a row behind them, alone, to enjoy it peacefully. I loved it all.

Christopher Nolan really has a gift at directing. The way the movie cuts back and forth between different places and times is clever. Although some might be confused or left stupefied, others will be happy and glorified. The movie will keep you guessing the whole time until the very end. The script, acting, settings, props, everything was so well-done.

Hugh Jackman was excellent as the angry, obsessive magician trying to gain back his life by revenge. Christian Bale was equally impressive as the mystifying, secretive showman, never letting out his secrets until necessary. Michael Caine rocked in supporting everyone else's parts with his curiosity. The rest of the cast rounded out nicely and helped out where need be. I really recommend this movie to a sophisticated audience who doesn't mind a long, mysterious movie.

And man, what an ending.

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