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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buck Howard
... Troy Gable
... Valerie Brennan
... Gil Bellamy
... Kenny
... Mr. Gable
... Jonathan Finerman
... Doreen
... Alan Berkman
... Michael Perry
... Dan Green
... Edward Kelly
... Sheila Heller
Paul Darricarrere ... Restaurant Manager
Terry Scannell ... Kip
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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A Mente que Mente  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$115,004, 22 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$748,363, 5 July 2009
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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

[repeated line]
Buck Howard: I love this town!
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References Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) See more »

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Do You Believe in Magic
Written by John Sebastian
Performed by Debra Monk
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Colin Hanks is flat and uninspired in this otherwise decent film.
22 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I think the film would have been great if they cast someone besides Colin Hanks. He is undeniably mediocre in this role. He performance is flat and drab and when I see him perform I can not help but think how much better the scene would be if someone else starred. I don't have a problem with this kid trying to cut his teeth in acting but do we all have to watch him learn to act on film. Seriously does Colin's dad Tom Hanks have to manufacture films just so his kid can have and acting career. I know Hollywood is nothing more than nepotism as a business but when the actor really doesn't cut it it's all the more insulting to the public and shame on the director for not trying to get more out of him.


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