A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

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Sean McGinly

Writer:

Sean McGinly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Malkovich ... Buck Howard
Colin Hanks ... Troy Gable
Emily Blunt ... Valerie Brennan
Ricky Jay ... Gil Bellamy
Steve Zahn ... Kenny
Tom Hanks ... Mr. Gable
Griffin Dunne ... Jonathan Finerman
Debra Monk ... Doreen
Adam Scott ... Alan Berkman
Patrick Fischler ... Michael Perry
Wallace Langham ... Dan Green
Jonathan Ames ... Edward Kelly
Jacquie Barnbrook ... Sheila Heller
Paul Darricarrere Paul Darricarrere ... Restaurant Manager
Terry Scannell Terry Scannell ... Kip
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Storyline

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Written by Anonymous

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Greatness is a state of mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the final Bakersfield appearance, the marquee says BAKERSFIELD CENTER F ARTS PRESENTS THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD. The O is missing in OF. See more »

Goofs

While Buck and Troy are being driven around Cincinnati, you can see palm trees out the back and side windows of the limo. See more »

Quotes

Buck Howard: That's distilled water. I'm not an iron.
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Features Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) See more »

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Telling the Truth and Going Away
Written, Produced and Performed by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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Enjoyable
13 June 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young man who quits law school to become the assistant to a waning mentalist performer.

"The Great Buck Howard" has a unconventional beginning, with coloured subtitles helping to get points across. It is a fun way to start a film, yet the rest of the film has a vastly different tone.The title character Buck Howard is an unpleasant and mean guy, and yet somehow he strikes a chord with the viewers. He makes me sympathise with his misfortunes, and feel sad that his amazing acts get overlooked by the public and the press. I wanted Buck Howard to succeed in his tricks, even though he is unpleasant to work with.

I enjoyed watching "The Great Buck Howard".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Buck Howard See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,004, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$750,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$900,689
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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