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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Angier
... Alfred Borden
... Cutter
... Julia McCullough
... Sarah
... Olivia Wenscombe
Samantha Mahurin ... Jess
... Tesla
... Alley
... Judge
... Prosecutor
... Defender
... Captain
... Owens
... 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

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A Friendship That Became a Rivalry. See more »


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

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,801,808, 22 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,089,891, 8 February 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,676,311, 8 February 2007
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Trivia

Borden's infant is played by one of director Christopher Nolan's children. See more »

Goofs

Borden mentions that a "penny" could be slipped into the barrel of the pistol used for the bullet catch trick. English pennies of this period were substantial and wide, much wider than the barrel of the pistol being used by Borden could accommodate. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Tripping Gaily
Written and Performed by Ena Baga (as E. Baga)
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music
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Just As Intriguing The Second Time, Too!
29 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice now - about a year ago and then yesterday - and thoroughly enjoyed it both times, even the second time when I remembered some of those fantastic twists in the last half hour. Sometimes it's even more fun to view a film like this when you know a few things, because earlier scenes take on new meaning.

It's not an easy film to totally digest, even with two viewings, because that ending has some mind-boggling revelations. Without having to resort to spoilers, let me just say the story is extremely interesting, the acting very good, the period pieces fun to view and it's a pretty clean movie so grandma can also enjoy it, too, without language or sex concerns.

Basically, it's a story about obsession between two magicians in the last decade of the 19th century. They continually try to top one another and things get nasty along the way. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are both fun to watch in those roles, as are Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson in supporting roles.

This is one movie guaranteed to have you thinking about it when it's over!


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