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The Illusionist (2010)

L'illusionniste (original title)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director:

Sylvain Chomet

Writers:

Sylvain Chomet (adaptation), Jacques Tati (original screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Claude Donda Jean-Claude Donda ... The Illusionist / French Cinema Manager (voice)
Eilidh Rankin Eilidh Rankin ... Alice (voice)
Duncan MacNeil Duncan MacNeil ... Additional Voices (voice)
Raymond Mearns Raymond Mearns ... Additional Voices (voice)
James T. Muir James T. Muir ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tom Urie Tom Urie ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Bandey ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | UK

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illusionisten See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

£11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£164,950 (United Kingdom), 22 August 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,594, 24 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,231,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,007,194
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the Illusionist is performing at the Scottish pub, one of the patrons in the foreground, near the middle of the frame, is the famous "Young Girl and Old Woman" optical illusion. See more »

Goofs

Taxis shown in London and Edinburgh are the Austin FX4 model, in common use from 1958 through to the early 21st Century. However, the design of the rear lights, a long oval, was not introduced until 1968. At the time of the film's setting the rear lights were small red units, and the direction indicators were on the roof of the car, and stuck out like 'ears'. See more »

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At the end of the final credits, there's a short bonus scene. See more »

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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

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Love of Another Man
Written & Composed by Malcolm Ross
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Performed by "The Britoons"
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I was expecting more.
2 February 2011 | by JulieKelleher57See all my reviews

"The Illusionist" was good, but I don't see what the great reviews were about. (I agree with a previous writer who compared all the glowing reviews to "The Emperor's New Clothes.")

The animation was, indeed, subtle and exquisite, but I couldn't get into the story. Maybe the story itself was too subtle for me. Maybe I expected too much, since I thought "The Triplets of Belleville" (same director; hand-drawn animation) was one of the best movies I had ever seen.

I felt no connection with either the man or the girl. The other characters popped in and out so quickly that they were almost forgettable. And the ending was unsatisfying.

If I had seen this first, it would not have prompted me to see 'The Triplets of Belleville'.

NOTE: This is NOT a movie for children.


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