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An Honest Liar (2014)

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The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
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James Randi ... Self - Magician
Deyvi Peña Deyvi Peña ... Self - Artist (as Jose Alvarez)
Penn Jillette ... Self - Magician (as Penn)
Teller ... Self - Magician
Jamy Ian Swiss Jamy Ian Swiss ... Self - Magician & Author
Richard Wiseman Richard Wiseman ... Self - Magician & Psychologist (as Prof. Richard Wiseman)
Ray Hyman Ray Hyman ... Self - Experimental Psychologist
Adam Savage ... Self - Mythbusters
Alice Cooper ... Self - Rock Star
Banachek Banachek ... Self - Mentalist (as Steve Shaw)
Alexander Jason Alexander Jason ... Self - Surveillance Expert (as Alec Jason)
Bill Nye ... Self - The Science Guy
Michael Shermer ... Self - Publisher, Skeptic Magazine
Michael Edwards Michael Edwards ... Self - Project Alpha Psychic
Uri Geller ... Self - Purported Psychic
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AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

At the end of the credits, a disclaimer comes up: "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film". See more »

Quotes

James Randi: Magicians are the most honest people in the world. They tell you they're going to fool you, and then they do it.
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Crazy Credits

Before the final copyright in the end credits it states, "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film." See more »


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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Spoiled Story
13 April 2015 | by rhhdvhSee all my reviews

For me, this is a movie about a great professional magician, sadly spoiled by a secondary personal relationship plot line introduced about 1/2 way though. This action erases the early cinematic and plot perfection leaving the whole experience flawed. The movie started aimed at one outcome, but then switches to a different target. The switch comes across as contrived, sort of a mixed metaphor.

The genre switches from comedy to tragedy, without an epic hero; the second half tragic protagonist is not Randi. The movie shot a lot of scene arrows, but at different targets, unnecessarily watering down the entire effort.

I came away liking and profoundly respecting the art and science of James Randi, who is quite the magician in his own right and time, turned detective and debunker of charlatans. His personal life was artfully dealt with at first, then paraded like dirty laundry when it wasn't. Maybe the storyteller's intent was to debunk the debunker, but the magic of the reveal was lacking, not consequential, but incidental. Therefore, the original comedic genre became a tragedy without pity or fear.

I recommend it for the first half alone, the part about the Amazing Randi, his acclaimed magic and debunking. Still, maybe walk out 1/2 way though when the protagonist shifts character unnecessarily in a spoiling way, turning a great wine of a movie sour.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,821, 8 March 2015

Gross USA:

$180,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,590
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| (TV) (2016)

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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