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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

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Balthazar Blake, an apprentice of the legendary magician Merlin, must train his old teacher's successor - an introverted but resourceful physics prodigy - in the art of sorcery to prevent the return of Morgana le Fay.

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Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

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

The Chinatown sequence took 5 months to plan. Half a ton of confetti was used in this sequence. See more »

Goofs

When 10 year old Dave chases the note in 2000, a 2009-2010 Toyota Camry taxi cab is seen. 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 Breakfast: Episode dated 2 August 2010 (2010) See more »

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Gold Coast
(2009)
Written by Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin
Performed by Grouplove
Under license from Grouplove, LLC
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Light and entertaining fun for the whole family
6 August 2010 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

Overall, this is entertaining and well done. The effects are not revolutionary but at least fit in to the story rather than detract from it. No violence or mayhem - its OK for a younger to general audience. Main fault is the hero Dave played by Jay Baruchel isn't up to the part.

The script is pleasant if predictable - does the nerd hero rise to the task and vanquish the evil forces. There could have been more historical witches besides Abigail Williams of Salem. There are some humorous bits but not too many.

Acting is better than expected. Nicholas Cage is quite good more serious and less horsey than usual. Monica looks a little older and has too little screen time. Alfred Molina is convincing without being annoying. Alice Krige (Morgana) is good and looks young. Teresa Palmer (Becky) the girlfriend acts and looks like a blonde Kristen Stewart.

The main problem is Jay Baruchel (Dave) is a too geeky to the point of spastic sometimes. It is painful to watch him. He lacks charm and charisma nerdy or otherwise. He is not a cute geek. He speaks like he has a speech impediment. Would have been better with someone more like Shia Labeouf, Justin Long or Michael Angarano if they wanted one of the new nerd/geek heroes.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Cantonese | Ukrainian | Hindi

Release Date:

14 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,619,622, 18 July 2010

Gross USA:

$63,150,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,283,742
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2.39 : 1
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