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Magicians (2007)

A pair of rivaling stage magicians are forced to confront their falling out over a guillotine mishap when they compete in a magic competition.

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Andrew O'Connor

Writers:

David Britland (story), Andy Nyman (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Webb ... Karl Allen
David Mitchell ... Harry Kane
Sarah Hadland ... Carol
Paul Mark Elliott Paul Mark Elliott ... Theatre Manager
Karen Seacombe Karen Seacombe ... Female Customer
Phil Nice Phil Nice ... Male Customer
Jessica Hynes ... Linda Jones (as Jessica Stevenson)
Darren Boyd ... Otto Johnson
Miranda Hart ... Bank Manager
Angel Coulby ... Receptionist
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Caroline
Priyanga Burford ... Female Colleague
Andrea Riseborough ... Dani
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Magic Shop Manager
Marek Larwood ... Colin
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Storyline

A pair of rivaling stage magicians are forced to confront their falling out over a guillotine mishap when they compete in a magic competition.

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Taglines:

Don't ask how they do it, ask why?

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Фокусники See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,188 (United Kingdom), 20 May 2007, Limited Release
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Kane was a character in this film. There also happens to be a well known footballer with the same name. See more »

Goofs

When Harry Kane is flying back to London from Jersey the aircraft on the runway is a Flybe Dash 8 Q400 which does fly that route. The interior in the next shot however is filmed in a much larger aircraft with 6 seats across (the Q400 has 4 across) and while he is having his panic attack Harry refers to the oxygen masks in the safety briefing which the Q400 doesn't have. See more »

Quotes

Mike Francis: [a Veteran Magician has put out a cigarette on his tongue and swallowed it] Yes, very good, thankyou.
[Aside]
Mike Francis: You know, there's no technique to any of that. He just takes the pain. Sick bastard.
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Crazy Credits

There's an additional scene featuring Karl's manager after the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Friends (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Cat
Performed by Jimmy Smith
Written by Lalo Schifrin
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Verve Records (United States)
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Definitely Worth a Couple Yuks (Or More)
29 May 2017 | by doloresparkSee all my reviews

I've seen lots of bad to so-so reviews for this one, but I gotta say, I keep going back to it because the funny bits really are funny. For me, Peter Capaldi absolutely steals every scene he's in; he can do more comedy with one facial expression than many comedians can pull off in an entire stand-up act, and he's perfect for the role of the bureaucratic petty tyrant in charge of the magic contest. Daren Boyd (my GOD does he look like a young John Cleese!) also steals his scenes, as does Alex McQueen as the stooge: amazing what really good comedic actors can do with even the smallest roles.


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