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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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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 »


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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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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