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Houdini (1998)

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

Director:

Pen Densham

Writer:

Pen Densham
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

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29 September 2010 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

It is not a biographic movie. It is not homage to a great artist. It is only exploration of a myth. With errors, good intentions and a lot of exaggerations. A film for Johnathon Schaech's charm and for beginning of childhood dreams taste. Delicate and sweet, for who knows than magic is an ingredient of existence. For dreamers. And for remember a name. Old, lost, fascinating. It is not a film about Houdini. It is a short story about a character with his name but others ways of life and different nuances of facts. May be a Rider Digest material. About a shadow of a strange time for who the limits are fiction. "Houdini" is not a bad movie. And not a masterpiece. Only a show, very delicate with details but , in fact, a beautiful stamp, it is first step to discover a impressive science to broke the limits and to understand the days more than a summer rain.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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