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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 July 2010 (USA)
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Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana le Fey.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chinese Woman
Jason R. Moore ...
Subway Mugger (as Jason Moore)
Young Dave's Pal (as Robert B. Capron)
Young Becky (as Peyton Roi List)


Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El aprendiz de brujo  »

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,619,622 (USA) (16 July 2010)


$63,143,812 (USA) (22 October 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the bathroom scene, Balthazar uses the Hungarian Mirror trick against Maxim Horvath. Horvath's last name is a typical Hungarian surname. It means "Croatian". See more »


When leaving the shop the camera and crane can be seen in the reflection in the shop window. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the sound effects of the Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films sequences are replaced with sound effects from the film (sounds of spell casting and Tesla discharge). See more »


References National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) See more »


Written and Performed by Toby Record (as Tobias J. Record), Ashley Witt
Courtesy of CRC Jianian Publishing
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User Reviews

25 July 2010 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Dueling sorcerers, a compelling back-story, top-notch acting talent, and the Disney brand bring the idea born of Fantasia's Sorcerer's Apprentice to the big screen in a live full movie adaptation. While this film did not fully live up to its potential, it is a fun movie which will find its way into the collection.

This is silly and sappy just like any other live action Disney movie, and if allowed, will worm its way into the heart in a disingenuous way. If you view this film expecting Casablanca or the Godfather, you WILL be unimpressed. But if you go in expecting to be entertained, you shouldn't be disappointed.

The action sequences between Cage and Molina aren't elevated as much as many would expect, due to the story centering around the kid's battle, not Balthazar's. This is another standard Disney formula wherein the kid is undeserving, unprepared, and uneducated in the ways of the Samurai but is thrust into the center of the fray, regardless. Those who would rail against this formula, obviously weren't there to see a Disney movie.

All in all? The five of us ranging in age from 45 to 15, loved it. It is clever, and creative, marrying the science of magic known by today's standards with the arcane stories of our past. I found it intriguing and adventurous enough not to be preachy, while still managing to educate even the most unwilling movie goer.

It rates an 8.4/10 from...

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