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The life and times of escape artist/magician Harry Houdini.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnathon Schaech ... Harry Houdini
Stacy Edwards ... Bess Houdini
Paul Sorvino ... Blackburn
Rhea Perlman ... Esther
David Warner ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mark Ruffalo ... Theo
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Weiss
Ron Perlman ... Booking Agent
Karl Makinen ... Jim Collins
Judy Geeson ... Lady Doyle
Frank McRae ... Usher
George Segal ... Beck
Emile Hirsch ... Young Houdini
Curt Lowens ... Samuel Weiss
Jack McGee ... Street Vendor
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This biographical film tells the story of Harry Houdini, from his birth and immigration to the U.S., through his career in show business as first an escape artist and then a seance debunker, and finally his tragic death. We also see his relationship with wife Bess. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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He made a life out of cheating death


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A movie without magic touches!
24 September 2001 | by gazineo-1See all my reviews

Below average drama which tells the real-life story of Harry Houdini, the man who was known as the greatest wizard of the world. Although the theme here is very curious and interesting, the movie goes on and on only developing a series of performances made by Houdini in his long career. The movie does not give a more deep look in the personality of the controversial magician and the last scene is a obvious and not original approach toward one of Houdini most important concerns: life after death.

I give this a 5 (five).


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