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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 »


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

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The main characters' initials spell ABRA (Alfred Borden Robert Angier), as in Abracadabra, a common word used by magicians. See more »

Goofs

When Borden and Olivia are speaking in Borden's workshop, Borden keeps switching between shots from leaning back with his arms crossed to leaning forward with his hands on the table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Little Man on Campus (2010) See more »

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Drinkin' Down the Rose & Crown
Composed by Keith Nichols
Courtesy of APM
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One of the best movies EVER
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What makes this movie so incredible is that while it is indeed a movie about magicians (or illusionists) it is also a complex character study about how self destructive obsessions are with a sideline love story and a sci-fi twist. A unique plot with an amazing cast--any of whom could believably garner an Oscar nomination. Christian Bale was amazing in one of his rare cockney performances. We already know from Kate and Leopold how well Hugh Jackman plays a distinguished English gent. He's absolutely priceless. Is there any point in discussing Sir Michael Caine? He brings polish to the movie.

This is the kind of flick that you can discuss for weeks after. The plot is so detailed and complete and open to interpretation. My friend and I have been discussing various nuances of this film for the past 3 weeks. It definitely stays with you.


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