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Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)

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Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Penn Jillette, Teller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penn Jillette ... Penn (as Penn)
Teller ... Teller
Caitlin Clarke ... Carlotta / Officer McNamara (as Celia McGuire)
David Patrick Kelly ... The Fan
Leonardo Cimino ... Ernesto
Celia McGuire Celia McGuire ... Officer McNamara
Bill Randolph ... Floor Director
John Miller ... Steve the bandleader
Ellen Whyte Ellen Whyte ... Makeup Woman
Ted Neustadt Ted Neustadt ... Bob the host
Tudor Sherrard Tudor Sherrard ... 1st Frat Boy
Billy Morrissette ... 2nd Frat Boy
Jon Cryer ... 3rd Frat Boy
Leonard Parker Leonard Parker ... Airport Porter
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Jesus Freak
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Storyline

Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of them begins a series of pranks on the other to suggest a real threat. Then they find that a real psychopath is interested in them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broma fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (one scene)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Penn Jillette and Teller are abducted by the Filipinos on the beach, Penn says, "Do what you want to the girl, but leave me alone." This line is one of the phrases in George Carlin's list of "Things You Never Hear". See more »

Goofs

When Penn has trouble going through the metal detector at the airport, he takes off his jacket and vest while Teller rolls the metal ball on the ground to set off the detector while Penn walks through. But when Penn walks back through it to the other side, he doesn't set it off and the airport security checker takes no notice of it. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[narrating from beyond the grave as the camera pulls back]
Penn: [voice-over] Oh, yeah. We're dead and there's no way out. I mean, it couldn't be a gag, it couldn't be a joke. We're not gonna have one of the characters wake up from a bad dream; you'd hate us for that! I mean the movie is called 'Penn & Teller Get Killed.' We HAD to get killed at the end, there's no way out of that. We were married to that ending from the moment we thought of the title, and now we've actually killed off ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

To hide the fact that Caitlin Clarke played a dual role, she was also credited under the pseudonym 'Celia McGuire.' The closing credits reveal the pseudonym with the consecutive credits: Officer McNamara...Celia McGuire Celia McGuire...Caitlin Clarke See more »

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Features Invisible Thread (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Femme Fatale
Performed by The Velvet Underground & Nico
Written by Lou Reed
By Arrangement with Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd.
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects,
A Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
[Penn plays the song at lady cop's place]
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You can't go wrong with magic, death, and Euro-trash.
24 November 1998 | by Louie-12See all my reviews

This movie is a must see for Penn and Teller fans. The story line reflects a lot about how the Bad Boys of Magic really act while on the road.

The constant pranks are imminently entertaining. The movie drags a bit near the end, but leads up to a great surprise for fans of the magic twosome.

The film may not sustain itself well for viewers who aren't very familiar with Penn and Teller. Still, you can't help but enjoy the frenzied nuttiness of the airport scene.


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