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The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance, Mystery

Release Date

August 18, 2006 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

110 min.

Studio

Yari Film Group

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Neil Burger

Producer

Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Michael London, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari

Screenwriter

Neil Burger

Starring

Story


A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, "The Illusionist" is the latest film from the producers of the Oscar winners "Crash" and "Sideways." The film stars Academy Award nominees Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits: Norton as mysterious stage magician Eisenheim, and Giamatti as Vienna's shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl, with Jessica Biel sharing the screen as the beautiful Sophie von Teschen.

When word of Eisenheim's astounding illusions reaches the powerful and pragmatic Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), the ruler attends one of the magician's shows in order to debunk Eisenheim during the performance. But when the Prince's intended, Sophie von Teschen, assists the magician onstage, Eisenheim and Sophie recognize each other from their childhoods--and a dormant love affair is rekindled. As the clandestine romance continues, Uhl is charged by Leopold to intensify his efforts to expose Eisenheim, even while the magician gains a devoted and vocal public following. With Uhl doggedly searching for the reasons and the man behind the trickery, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.

"The Illusionist" is written and directed by Neil Burger, and features top-notch production values, including a haunting score by master contemporary composer Philip Glass.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Lovingly shot with abundant attention paid to the most intricate details..”
by Francesca Dinglasan [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..coolly entertaining turn-of-the-century fable..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]
“..there's a real sense of mystery here... [and an] emotional storyline..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]