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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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 Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) is released from the urn, he is not wearing a hat. In the next scene, he is wearing a hat. But if a sorcerer can change his appearance at will, and change the model of his car in one touch, surely conjuring a hat from the thin air wouldn't be too difficult. 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 »


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

Light and entertaining fun for the whole family
6 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overall, this is entertaining and well done. The effects are not revolutionary but at least fit in to the story rather than detract from it. No violence or mayhem - its OK for a younger to general audience. Main fault is the hero Dave played by Jay Baruchel isn't up to the part.

The script is pleasant if predictable - does the nerd hero rise to the task and vanquish the evil forces. There could have been more historical witches besides Abigail Williams of Salem. There are some humorous bits but not too many.

Acting is better than expected. Nicholas Cage is quite good more serious and less horsey than usual. Monica looks a little older and has too little screen time. Alfred Molina is convincing without being annoying. Alice Krige (Morgana) is good and looks young. Teresa Palmer (Becky) the girlfriend acts and looks like a blonde Kristen Stewart.

The main problem is Jay Baruchel (Dave) is a too geeky to the point of spastic sometimes. It is painful to watch him. He lacks charm and charisma nerdy or otherwise. He is not a cute geek. He speaks like he has a speech impediment. Would have been better with someone more like Shia Labeouf, Justin Long or Michael Angarano if they wanted one of the new nerd/geek heroes.

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