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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

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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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Shot entirely in Budapest - which also happens to be the real birthplace of Harry Houdini. See more »

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Houdini's eye color changes from brown when he was a boy, to green as an adult. Even though his "American" passport lists his eye color as brown, there was no attempt to disguise Adrien Brody's natural green eyes. See more »

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Version of Houdini (1998) See more »

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"The Great Houdini"…becomes...The Good Houdini TV-Movie
3 September 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The History Channel has been Accused of Escaping from the Real Life Story of the 20th Century's Most Renowned and Recognizable Stage Showman/Magician and Delivering a Spiffed Up Glossy Conglomerate of Psycho-Babble and Stiff Characters.

Adrian Brody does Fine as the Charismatic Curmudgeon of the Spiritualists and Highly Successful Performer that Searches Diligently for the Next Illusion and Death be Damned. This Takes a Toll on His Wife Along with the Burden of a Mother Fixation.

But it's Obvious He does Love His Wife although She Seems to be Playing Third Fiddle to Mom and His Obsession with The Act. This All Makes for Good Drama, but Wait there's More.

We are Informed through some Pretty Bad Dialog and at Times Even Worse Narration that All of this is Playing with Houdini's Head, or at Least the Performer was a Heady Individual.

The Usually Good Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer's Sub-Par Script is Less than Insightful and not Very Witty. It is Downright Dull at Times. What Saves this 2-Part TV Mini-Series from Awfulness is Brody's Energy, the Art-Design, Costumes, and General Look of the Thing.

The Movie is Guilty of Over-Exposing and Telegraphing the Ending with Way too Many Scenes of Houdini's Innards. Ironically with All of the Money Spent on the CGI the Most Impressive Ambiance here is the Vintage Posters that are Everywhere and Use the Original Artwork with Brody's Face Inserted.

Slightly Above Average for This Type of Thing but it's Strength is not its History, but the Sheer Dynamism as a Person and Performer along with His Hyper-Volatility and Fascinating Life that was "The Great Houdini".


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