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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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$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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Borden a note to leave for Angier by the cemetery, he clearly makes a period to indicate that he is done writing. Later when Angier reads the note it only says "Tesla", without a period. See more »

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Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Drinkin' Down the Rose & Crown
Composed by Keith Nichols
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Outstanding acting performances worth price of admission
16 October 2006 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I went to see a critics preview of The Prestige this afternoon and to my surprise I found the film to be one of the best I have seen all year so far, and that writers can come up with an excellent script it they would only try a little harder. The acting performances by Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine were the best I have see in a long while. The only objection I had to the film was that it was a little long, but once you leave the theater you will discuss the film and it many twists and turns. My wife and myself discussed it all the way home from the movie theater. This is a winner and should be up for some academy award statues, and my recommendation is go see this as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed.


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