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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:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,594, 26 December 2010

Gross USA:

$2,231,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,973,388
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As the Scotsman and the Illusionist approach the village in the skiff, animated beads of water spot the image frame at lower left, as if the scene was "shot" by a film crew following in a camera boat. See more »

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Despite being set in 1959/1960, the Scottish Police motorcycles have 'American-style' sirens, which were not introduced until the 1980s. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

My Girl Blue
Written & Composed by Malcolm Ross
Published by Django Films Ltd
Performed by Malcolm Ross, Iain Stoddart (as Ian Stoddart), and Leo Condie aka - "The Britoons"
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a different experience
3 September 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

Sylvain Choment's latest film adapts a script by Jacques Tati. The film's unique style is only being shown in forty cinemas across the UK, its box office status falling behind the animated Pixar hit Toy Story 3.

Those who are followers of Tati's work or loved Belleville Rendez-vous will inevitably be drawn to such as personal piece. As will those seeking out a different experience from Disney, Pixar and even Studio Ghibli animation. This film, however, may confuse or bore those who are looking for the usual Hollywood narrative. It is a shame the detail of this touching story will be overlooked by so many. KH


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