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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 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Hugh Jackman's character arrives in Colorado Springs he is actually arriving at the Darien Ranch in the Western Colorado town of Marble where the scene was filmed. Colorado Springs being in Eastern Colorado. See more »


The English "nonik" pint glasses drunk from a couple of times during the film were introduced in the late 1940s. China mugs would have been most common in the era of the film, but that would have made the see-through-the-bottom feature relevant to those parts of the film impossible. A straight sided conical glass would have been possible at the time. See more »


[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Referenced in Forget About It: Inception (2011) See more »


Tripping Gaily
Written and Performed by Ena Baga (as E. Baga)
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This was an amazing movie!
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the best movie I have seen in at least the past two years. Most movies have me leave the theater feeling like I wasted 8 dollars or so. So many movies lately have left me feeling like I wasted away precious hors of my life that could have been spent doing better things. Yet this movie was truly a masterpiece and kept me guessing the whole time. The acting was superb and so was the plot. I usually can predict the outcomes of movies pretty early on. And usually I can see the twist the writer planned. With this movie I was still left wondering into the last 5 minutes of the movie. I can't wait to own this on DVD.

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