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The Prestige (2006)

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The rivalry between two magicians becomes more exacerbated by their attempt to perform the ultimate 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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Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,109,729 (Australia) (17 November 2006)

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

Alfred Borden takes on the stage name of "The Professor". This is the nickname that was given to Dai Vernon, the man many consider to be the best modern day sleight of hand magician. See more »

Goofs

When Borden and Olivia are speaking in Borden's workshop, Borden keeps switching between shots from leaning back with his arms crossed to leaning forward with his hands on the table. See more »

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[first lines]
Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged & Performed by Stephen Edwards (as Stephen James Edwards)
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This was an amazing movie!
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the best movie I have seen in at least the past two years. Most movies have me leave the theater feeling like I wasted 8 dollars or so. So many movies lately have left me feeling like I wasted away precious hors of my life that could have been spent doing better things. Yet this movie was truly a masterpiece and kept me guessing the whole time. The acting was superb and so was the plot. I usually can predict the outcomes of movies pretty early on. And usually I can see the twist the writer planned. With this movie I was still left wondering into the last 5 minutes of the movie. I can't wait to own this on DVD.


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