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The Illusionist (2010)

L'illusionniste (original title)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Donda ...
The Illusionist / French Cinema Manager (voice)
Eilidh Rankin ...
Alice (voice)
Duncan MacNeil ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Raymond Mearns ...
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James T. Muir ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Tom Urie ...
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Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Illusionisten  »

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Budget:

£11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,594 (USA) (24 December 2010)

Gross:

$2,231,024 (USA) (6 May 2011)
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Trivia

The pawnbroker's shop is called "Brown and Blair", a clear reference to the last two Labour Prime Ministers of the UK. The shopfront is modeled on the real Duncanson & Edwards pawnbrokers on Edinburgh's Queen Street. See more »

Goofs

Taxis shown in London and Edinburgh are the FX4 type common from 1958 to the present day. However, the design of the rear lights being a long oval, which in real life include the rear direction indicators, was not introduced until 1968. At the time of the film's setting the rear lights were small red units, roughly pyramid-shaped, and the direction indicators were situated on the roof of the car (and stuck out, like 'ears'). See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the final credits, there's a short bonus scene. See more »

Connections

References Jour de Fete (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Follies
Composed by J. Leach & G. Fenton
K Musik/Kpm Music
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La magie de Monsieur Tati
20 February 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

All my scepticism was futile, thank God! This animated charmer really oozes Tati's peculiar brand of character comedy from every single pore.

Yes, the story is more sentimental and streamlined than the master's original efforts, but Tati's central issues (such as old-fashioned life-styles and values confronted by modern technology), his eye for detail, his pleasantly reserved humanity and his wonderful sense for comedic timing and subtle gags are all left intact by the careful makers of this gem. And the rendering of the Hulot character with all his distinctive mannerisms is a joy to behold.

Plus, it's good to see beautiful hand-drawn animation for a change (with sparse use of CGI techniques.)

8 out of 10 querulous white rabbits


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