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Houdini 

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2014)
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Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.
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Series cast summary:
Adrien Brody ...  Harry Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Kristen Connolly ...  Bess Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Evan Jones ...  Jim Collins 2 episodes, 2014
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  William Melville 2 episodes, 2014
Tom Benedict Knight ...  Dash Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
Shaun Williamson ...  Riley 2 episodes, 2014
Eszter Ónodi ...  Cecilia Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Louis Mertens Louis Mertens ...  Erich Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Jeremy Wheeler ...  Rabbi Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Caroline Boulton ...  Sylvia The Bearded Lady / ... 2 episodes, 2014
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Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.

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Biography | Drama

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English

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1 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Houdini See more »

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Budapest, Hungary See more »

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(DVD extended cut)

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Color
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Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer adapted his screenplay from "Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytical Portrait" written by his father, Bernard C. Meyer. See more »

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The men dressed in Civil War uniforms to fire the cannon Houdini is tied up in front of are wearing cavalry (horse soldier) uniforms, not artillery (cannon solider) uniforms. Cavalry used yellow trim, artillery used red. See more »

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Version of Houdini (1953) See more »

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Not the greatest show on earth
20 September 2014 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Harry Houndini was a great magician, showman, and at least according to his own legend, a fascinating character. But this doesn't mean that his life story is actually a single great narrative. This glossy renditioning of his biography leaves (too) little to the imagination; yet it's continuously straining, trying to find a uniting theme that means something more than the birth, extraordinary career, and death of one man. In places, the over-stretched story makes little sense: it's understandable that Houdini's assistant should have been grief-stricken by news of his death, but not that this should make him want to destroy all of his master's equipment. Aiden Brody has been good in other stuff, but in this role, there's a lot of screen time and not much to do with it. I could imagine Houdini playing a role in a clever-clever drama not unlike Nic Roeg's 'Insignificance'; but as a biographic hero, this is obvious and surprisingly dull stuff.


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