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The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 20 October 2006 (USA)
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After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #46 | Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Robert Angier
Christian Bale ... Alfred Borden
Michael Caine ... Cutter
Piper Perabo ... Julia McCullough
Rebecca Hall ... Sarah
Scarlett Johansson ... Olivia Wenscombe
Samantha Mahurin Samantha Mahurin ... Jess
David Bowie ... Tesla
Andy Serkis ... Alley
Daniel Davis ... Judge
Jim Piddock ... Prosecutor
Christopher Neame ... Defender
Mark Ryan ... Captain
Roger Rees ... Owens
Jamie Harris ... Sullen Warder

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Storyline

In the end of the nineteenth century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough, and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death, and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Friendship That Became a Rivalry. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson worked in Marvel movies. Scarlett in The Avengers and Hugh in XMen. See more »

Goofs

During the magic show where Alfred meets Sarah for the first time, on both sides of the stage there are statues looking exactly like the two guardian statues found in King Tutankhamen's tomb, not discovered until 1922. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Eel Pie and Mash
Composed by Bob Barratt and Colin Frechter
Courtesy of APM
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User Reviews

 
Amazing! twist after twist!
22 October 2006 | by FaisalaSee all my reviews

I have to say this is one of the best movies i have seen this year, i was not expecting it to be that good. There's twist after twist, and when you think there is no more, there will be. Great performances and ever better plot. I highly recommend this movie to all ages.

New idea for a movie, and they succeeded it at it greatly. It will have you thinking every time you see a magician on TV!

i had to give this movie a 10/10, and i only have 4 movies that i would rate that way in my life time. If there is anything you do this year, make it a trip to watch this movie!

I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,801,808, 22 October 2006

Gross USA:

$53,089,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,676,311
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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