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The Prestige (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  20 October 2006 (USA)
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Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.



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In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran truco  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,801,808 (USA) (20 October 2006)


$53,082,743 (USA) (2 February 2007)

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Did You Know?


Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall also appeared together in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Furthermore, they both later joined the Marvel franchise and both had their Marvel-debut in an Iron Man (2008) sequel. See more »


After Root gives the "show" he takes out a drink while Angier is walking up the stairs, then he brings the drink to his side and as the camera angle switches he brings up two hands without the drink. See more »


[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »


Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Edward Yorke)
Performed by Thom Yorke
Courtesy of XL Recordings
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One of the best movies EVER
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What makes this movie so incredible is that while it is indeed a movie about magicians (or illusionists) it is also a complex character study about how self destructive obsessions are with a sideline love story and a sci-fi twist. A unique plot with an amazing cast--any of whom could believably garner an Oscar nomination. Christian Bale was amazing in one of his rare cockney performances. We already know from Kate and Leopold how well Hugh Jackman plays a distinguished English gent. He's absolutely priceless. Is there any point in discussing Sir Michael Caine? He brings polish to the movie.

This is the kind of flick that you can discuss for weeks after. The plot is so detailed and complete and open to interpretation. My friend and I have been discussing various nuances of this film for the past 3 weeks. It definitely stays with you.

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