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The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 2009 (USA)
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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

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Sean McGinly
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Cast

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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Get ready for the comeback of a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mente que Mente See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,004, 22 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$748,363, 5 July 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The way Buck Howard finds his check at the end of his show, is not the way The Amazing Kreskin (on whose career the movie is loosely based) used and still uses. The method was depicted differently, probably for dramatic purposes. See more »

Goofs

Alan asks a host to show "Troy and I" around (instead of "Troy and me") near the beginning of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Buck Howard: Troy you can bring that, and... toss my salad when you get back to the hotel.
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Connections

Features The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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Tonite Show with Jay Leno
Written and Performed by Branford Marsalis
Courtesy of NBC Studios, Inc.
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I Loved This Movie!!!!
26 March 2009 | by J_TrexSee all my reviews

This was a very good comedy, well written and acted. The dialog was witty, the plot kept the pace going, and the character development was very good. Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is an "Amazing Kreskin" type magician who hires an assistant named Troy (Colin Hanks)to help him out while on the road, playing small venues in small towns. Troy is a law school dropout who decides to pursue a career in show business, against the wishes of his father (played by Tom Hanks in a brief role). Buck Howard had been a bigger star in the past, playing on Johnny Carson 61 times, but recently had been down on his luck.

Troy tells the story (Nick Carraway like) of Howard's life on the road, his unlikely comeback, and his fall back to earth. Along the way, we are introduced to Valerie, a publicity agent, excellently portrayed by Emily Blunt. Troy and Valerie become romantically involved, which makes Buck jealous, of whom specifically is unclear. Everyone in the movie seems curious as to Buck's sexual orientation: is he gay or not? Nobody knows for sure.

There were numerous cameo appearances by notable celebrities throughout the movie and Steve Zahn put in a hilarious performance as one of Buck's devoted fans.

This was a very funny movie, and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good comedy.


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