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The Magician (2006)

Hokkabaz (original title)
Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.

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Cem Yilmaz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cem Yilmaz ... Iskender Tünaydin
Mazhar Alanson ... Sait Tünaydin
Özlem Tekin ... Fatma Nur Gaye Türksönmez
Tuna Orhan ... Maradona - Orhan Direk
Tuncer Salman Tuncer Salman ... Aslan Türksönmez
Kemal Inci Kemal Inci ... Cemal Aga
Gürgen Öz ... Erkut
Caner Alkaya Caner Alkaya ... Samidin
Ayçe Abana ... Nuran Denizgünü
Bahtiyar Engin ... Gazanfer Denizgünü
Ozan Uygun Ozan Uygun ... Young Iskender
Onuryay Evrentan Onuryay Evrentan ... Sibel
Suat Önen Suat Önen ... Doctor in Emergency
Selim Erdogan ... Sabahattin
Gamze Demirbilek Gamze Demirbilek ... Aynur
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Iskender is a failure as a magician. He knows his tricks, but the audience doesn't catch on and when the 'sawing a woman in half' part of his show goes terribly wrong Iskenders employer, club owner Ayhan, is fed up with him too. Iskender and his assistant and friend 'Maradona' are devastated. Where will they get money now to finally get their eyes lasered and pay the rent? Iskender has a great idea; leave Istanbul and do a small tour in Anatolia. For that they need the caravan of his brother-in-law and that caravan is currently occupied by Iskenders father, the grumpy and seemingly senile Sait. There's no other choice than to bring him along. Luckily Sait is a good bargainer and he lands Iskender a job on a wedding in a village where they are stranded with car trouble. Reluctantly he agrees, but it isn't going as planned. How is he going to explain the actual disappearance of the bride Fatma in one of his tricks? Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

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Soundtracks

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Lyrics and Music: Asik Mahzuni Serif
Performed by: Edip Akbayram
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The magic of dealing with life
15 December 2006 | by bq-ichiSee all my reviews

I just came out of it -- it is quite a brilliant movie. There are very few actors, some glances at the amazing background of Istanbul and Çanakkale and some village that is celebrating a marriage. There are an endless number of jokes that will make you laugh, but the film takes its quality from a hidden, dark drama that unfolds slowly but inevitably. Apart from the story, I think it has a quiet message that resonates after the film.

Iskender makes a living by being a wizard (sihirbaz) -- or an impostor (hokkabaz), if you ask his father, Sait. His friend for life Maradona, has eyes as bad as his, and both decide to make a tour in order to afford a laser operation that will finally free them of their glasses. They borrow the caravan of his brother-in-law, under the condition they relieve them of Sait, a veteran, by driving him to the memorial to the battle of Galipolli.

There is a sense of melancholy, and the accordion music when the wizardry happens on stage are only the tip of the iceberg. With very original storytelling, Cem Yilmaz highlights the drama of 'normal people' that try to deal with difficult situations in their life, family members, lack of money, lack of recognition, lack of sight and a certain form of loneliness.


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Country:

Turkey

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

De goochelaar See more »

Filming Locations:

Canakkale, Turkey See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,156,764
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