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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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...  Harry Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
...  Bess Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
...  Jim Collins 2 episodes, 2014
...  William Melville 2 episodes, 2014
...  Dash Houdini 2 episodes, 2014
...  Riley 2 episodes, 2014
Eszter Ónodi ...  Cecilia Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
Louis Mertens ...  Erich Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
...  Rabbi Weiss 2 episodes, 2014
...  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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1 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Houdini, l'illusionniste  »

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Houdini grew up in Appleton WI (as mentioned in the mini series), and has been quoted as saying that his greatest escape ever was getting out of Appleton. See more »

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The language of the Russian Royal Court was French, not English. See more »

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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode dated 1 May 2015 (2015) See more »

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Kristen Connolly steals this movie
22 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

... which is both a good and a bad thing.

It is a good thing because over the course of the 2-parter you start to realize that the intensity comes not from the escapes, but rather from Connolly simultaneously delivering her dialog with that machine-gun rasp of hers, at the same time those extra-wide "cartoon" eyes pause for emphasis. I don't mean to make light of this, it is very unusual, and very effective.

The bad news is that, as interesting as Connolly is, she should really not be able to steal the entire film. That she can, speaks to the weakness of the script, and meandering self-indulgent arc that passes for a plot.

Brody tries hard. In fact, Brody is one of those actors who seems to be merely tolerated by his audience during his actual career but, I suspect, will become a cult idol to nextgen viewers. Here he does the best he can with what he was given.

If you bring no expectations to this film, it is entertaining, although truth be told I think the History Channel should set its standards a bit higher. (With Hatfields/McCoys, which I reviewed here, they nailed it AND were factually accurate to boot).

Never liked the Curtis film but I did read Houdini's autobiography, so I empathize with the angry reviews in this list.

In the end, it is true, Houdini was able to escape everything but his own ambition.


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