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The Magician (1993)

| Crime, Drama, History | TV Movie
Scotland Yard is confronted with increasing IRA terror and lots of counterfeit money.

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Terry Winsor

Writer:

Jeff Pope
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Acovone ... David Katz
Clive Owen ... Det. Con. George Byrne
Jeremy Kemp ... The Magician
Peter Howitt ... Herbie
Philip McGough Philip McGough ... Des Hibbert
Jennifer Calvert ... Frances Katz
Jennifer Ness Jennifer Ness ... Claire
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Tony Palmer
Walter Sparrow ... Leonard Cox
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Dick
Seamus Newham Seamus Newham ... IRA Man
John Turner ... Det. Chief Supt. Gration
Brittany Nagle Brittany Nagle ... Louisa Katz
James Bannon James Bannon ... Chivers
Ian Barritt Ian Barritt ... 'Dutch' Undercover Man
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Storyline

London, the early 80s. David Katz, an American salesman with a clouded and perhaps shady past, is invited by a taxi driver to buy counterfeit notes. Katz goes to the police immediately and they set up a sting. However, Katz won't leave things to the police, but constantly adds new elements such as demanding millions of pounds of notes in one buy. Both Katz and the detective constable assigned to the case want to get to the leader of the counterfeiters and to whoever made these plates, "the magician." So too does the IRA, which has its own man on the hunt. What's Katz's game, and will it bring down the whole operation, plus cost him his marriage and maybe his life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Counterfeit...The Ultimate Illusion


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Le magicien See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Love me some Clive Owen
2 March 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Unfortunately, he doesn't have a whole lot to do in this TV movie.

In 1980s London, David Katz (Jay Acovone), a timeshare salesman living in England, is asked by a taxi driver if he is interested in doing some business. Turns out that business is counterfeit pound notes, so Katz calls in the police. The detective, George (Owen) works with Katz to set up a sting to catch the head man, known as "The Magician." Katz turns out to be uncooperative, refusing to let the police do their jobs. The IRA wants The Magician too, for other reasons. The wild card turns out to be the man who brought the case to the police in the first place, Katz, and he doesn't seem to care if he risks the sting or his marriage to get his way.

I found this film a little slow and confusing at the beginning. My own fault, I guess, but there were two old men and I got them mixed up. Jay Acovone did a wonderful job as a man walking a fine line, loving the edgy life and trying to convince his unhappy wife that he's on the straight and narrow. He has a larger and showier part than Owen, which is strange because this movie was made after his hit TV show, Chancer, that brought him to public attention and that he left of his own accord.

This TV movie also features Jeremy Kemp.

I didn't find "The Magician" particularly magical.


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