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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 whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the 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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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 Rivalry That Turned Deadly. See more »


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

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$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

In the bullet-catching scene, you can clearly see the name Harry Dresden on the list of performers under "The Professor." Harry Dresden is a fictional wizard in "The Dresden Files," a series of books by novelist Jim Butcher, and later the basis of The Dresden Files (2007). See more »

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When Angier visits Tesla in February, it is obviously winter, with snow on the ground. Yet after a brief meeting they venture out to a balcony, where it is summer, with green foliage, and no breath visible. See more »

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[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Referenced in Demo Reel: The Dark Knight Begins Rising (2012) See more »

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I love long, dark, well-acted and intelligent films but not this one
20 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I love a film that doesn't spoonfeed the plot and the story and the interest in it to the audience. This one takes you along if you are smart enough to go and if you are not so dumbed down by most entertainment that you can stay steadily involved.

I wanted to love it to death...it has everything I think a film should have, including a wonderfully rich atmosphere, a great cast and excellent direction. Through most of it, it dares the audience to be intelligent and to have an attention span longer than a fruit fly. It had all the makings of a great film, but I kept looking for (and longing for) the greatness to impact me. It never did.

It fell flat for me by the end. I really didn't care about any of them by then. I wasn't even sure I cared about the little girl. I certainly didn't care how anyone did any of the illusions; I was sick to death of their obsession with each other and just wanted them to move on already. Although there would be no film without it, it all seemed to be 'too much trouble to go through' and obsession is about getting caught up in it...for me, I couldn't get caught up in itnor could I quite get their obsession. Although Iam a big fan of the long, thinking person's film, I have to say I thought it dragged on and on by the end and I just wanted it over. It definitely did not leave me wanting more. I just wanted different.

I had paid attention all along, I was impressed with the film and thought the acting, the cinematography and the direction were all superb. Even though some of the twists seem unnecessary, I thought many were brilliant and I kept trying to will myself to care about it, to care about them, but I didn't.

It was a very good film in a detached sort of "viewing art" way but as far as feeling "wow"'d by the end, not so much.


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