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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

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Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.

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Jon Turteltaub

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Lawrence Konner (screen story), Mark Rosenthal (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Balthazar
Jay Baruchel ... Dave
Alfred Molina ... Horvath
Teresa Palmer ... Becky
Toby Kebbell ... Drake Stone
Omar Benson Miller ... Bennet
Monica Bellucci ... Veronica
Alice Krige ... Morgana
Jake Cherry ... Young Dave
James A. Stephens ... Merlin
Gregory Woo ... Sun-Lok
Wai Ching Ho ... Chinese Woman
Jason R. Moore Jason R. Moore ... Subway Mugger (as Jason Moore)
Robert Capron ... Young Dave's Pal (as Robert B. Capron)
Peyton List ... Young Becky (as Peyton Roi List)
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Storyline

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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A job so great, it's magic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Ukrainian

Release Date:

14 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El aprendiz de brujo See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,619,622, 18 July 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,150,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,283,742
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Dave's Tesla coil lightning bolts may have been special effects, but they accurately depict the giant electrical sparks capable of being generated by a Tesla coil of that size. See more »

Goofs

In Chinatown after Dave has run away, Balthazar is turning his head and looking around the room. The man-doll in the left is without acupuncture needles and Balthazar's right hand is stud with it. In the next shot the doll is full with needles and Balthazar's coat without any. See more »

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Narrator: The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the sound effects of the Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films logos are replaced with sound effects from the film (sounds of spell casting and Tesla discharge). See more »

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Featured in Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Episode #8.154 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Gold Coast
(2009)
Written by Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin
Performed by Grouplove
Under license from Grouplove, LLC
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Fun
25 July 2010 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Dueling sorcerers, a compelling back-story, top-notch acting talent, and the Disney brand bring the idea born of Fantasia's Sorcerer's Apprentice to the big screen in a live full movie adaptation. While this film did not fully live up to its potential, it is a fun movie which will find its way into the collection.

This is silly and sappy just like any other live action Disney movie, and if allowed, will worm its way into the heart in a disingenuous way. If you view this film expecting Casablanca or the Godfather, you WILL be unimpressed. But if you go in expecting to be entertained, you shouldn't be disappointed.

The action sequences between Cage and Molina aren't elevated as much as many would expect, due to the story centering around the kid's battle, not Balthazar's. This is another standard Disney formula wherein the kid is undeserving, unprepared, and uneducated in the ways of the Samurai but is thrust into the center of the fray, regardless. Those who would rail against this formula, obviously weren't there to see a Disney movie.

All in all? The five of us ranging in age from 45 to 15, loved it. It is clever, and creative, marrying the science of magic known by today's standards with the arcane stories of our past. I found it intriguing and adventurous enough not to be preachy, while still managing to educate even the most unwilling movie goer.

It rates an 8.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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