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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

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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£366,188 (United Kingdom), 20 May 2007, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Karl: Together, we were pure gold!
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References Friends (1994) See more »

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Written by Lalo Schifrin
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Better if you're expecting a 'made-for-TV' type movie
23 July 2014 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

Four Weddings and a Funeral. The Inbetweeners Movie. Notting Hill. Shaun of the Dead. All well-received British comedy films. Sadly, 'Magicians' will never really be mentioned alongside those greats. The short reason: it isn't as good, or as clever as any of them. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't have a certain kind of charm.

Yes, it's the 'Peep Show' film. Only it's not. It just has the two main stars from the (hilarious) cult TV show, David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the lead roles. And, not only content with starring the two Peep Show stalwarts, Magicians is also written by the team behind the TV show. Many may have thought, how could it fail? But it does. Just.

Despite Mitchell and Webb basically playing the same characters from Peep Show, but with different names, Magicians falls short on laugh out loud moments. And that might come as a surprise as it's a relatively short movie. You also get a lot of other well-known comedy faces all popping up along the way. Some are used to their potential, others don't come close.

I've seen a lot of hate online for this film and, although I can see where it comes from, I don't completely share their sentiment. It's not THAT bad. Yes, it doesn't come anywhere close to Peep Show and falls even further afield from what it could achieve, based on the talent linked with the film.

What you get is an adult comedy which has a few laughs along the way and is a bit predictable. If you've got nothing else to watch and this happens to be on the telly (and you're a fan of Mitchell and Webb) then give it a go. It's the sort of film you'll appreciate more if you haven't had to pay to watch it.

Keep your expectations low and you should get more out of it.

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