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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 March 2013 (USA)
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A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder.

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Don Scardino

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Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi ... Anton Marvelton
Olivia Wilde ... Jane
Jim Carrey ... Steve Gray
James Gandolfini ... Doug Munny
Alan Arkin ... Rance Holloway
Jay Mohr ... Rick the Implausible
Michael Herbig ... Lucius Belvedere (as Michael Bully Herbig)
Mason Cook ... Young Burt
Luke Vanek ... Young Anton
Zachary Gordon ... Bully
Richard Wolffe ... Richard Wolffe
Erin Burnett ... Erin Burnett
Brad Garrett ... Dom
David Copperfield ... David Copperfield
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Storyline

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Written by stefanstojkov

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Abracatastic!

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burt Dickenson, Most Powerful Magician on the Planet Earth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,177,257, 17 March 2013

Gross USA:

$22,537,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,437,881
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was put into development in 2006 when New Line acquired the script "Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth". Charles McDougall was hired to direct in 2011. See more »

Goofs

After his first street show, when Steve Gray cuts his left cheek, he can be briefly seen while leaving the area touching his right cheekbone. See more »

Quotes

Steve Gray: I take people's nightmares and turn them into dream-realities.
Rance Holloway: What the fuck is a dream-reality?
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Connections

References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic (Junkie XL Remix)
Written by William Lyall and David Paton
Performed by Pilot
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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An Enjoyable Watch
22 May 2013 | by cynthia-ostrichSee all my reviews

A lot of times I go into a movie with an opinion already formed about it. It's not based on any research or critical reviews, simply on the trailer. That was case with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. My opinion of the film was not too positive going in. I was dragged to it by a friend of mine with questionable taste in movies to begin with. I could have not been more surprised. I found myself laughing through the entire feature.

The movie is pretty farcical to say the least, at some junctures borderline silly, but found myself quite enjoying the humor. It was a nice change of pace from all the recent comedies that have to go to the extreme with language and sex humor to make their point. It pokes fun at inter-workings of the illusionist and the final scene before the credits is classic.

The characters were very well cast. It is no secret based on past films and TV that Steve Carrell has experience in magic tricks, and he pulls it off in the film. It was also refreshing to see Steve Buscemi reprise a comedic role and carry, an impressive contrast to bootlegger Knucky Thompson. And as you would expect, Jim Carrey steals the show as the antagonistic shock magician, Steve Gray. For those who like these actors, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a silly, light hearted but enjoyable hour and forty minute movie.


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