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A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London.
A Friendship That Became a Rivalry.
Title: Prestige, The
Release Date: October 17, 2006
Runtime: 130 mins
All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Sound: SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Buried.com Rating: 9.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.
Hugh Jackman ...Robert Angier
Christian Bale ...Alfred Borden
Michael Caine ...Cutter
Piper Perabo ...Julia McCullough
Rebecca Hall ...Sarah
Scarlett Johansson ...Olivia Wenscombe
Samantha Mahurin ...Jess
David Bowie ...Tesla
Andy Serkis ...Alley
Daniel Davis ...Judge
Jim Piddock ...Prosecutor
Christopher Neame ...Defender
Mark Ryan ...Captain
Roger Rees ...Owens
Jamie Harris ...Sullen Warder
Monty Stuart ...Stagecoach Driver
Ron Perkins ...Hotel Manager
Ricky Jay ...Milton
J. Paul Moore ...Virgil
Anthony De Marco ...Boy (as Anthony DeMarco)
Chao Li Chi ...Chung Ling Soo (as Chao-Li Chi)
Gregory Humphreys ...Policeman
John B. Crye ...Voice
William Morgan Sheppard ...Merrit (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Sean Howse ...Man
Julie Sanford ...Elegant Lady
Ezra Buzzington ...Ticket Hawker
James Lancaster ...Moderator
Olivia Merg ...Jess - Toddler
Zoe Merg ...Jess - Toddler
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Charles J.D. Schlissel
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- A Friendship That Became a Rivalry.
- A Rivalry That Turned Deadly.
- Are You Watching Closely?
- Cutter: Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."
[last lines] Cutter: Now you're looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.
Cutter: You're a magician, not a wizard.
Robert Angier: I never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass. Cutter: Hasn't stopped you looking, has it?
Alfred Borden: You went half way around the world... you spent a fortune... you did terrible things... really terrible things Robert, and all for nothing. Robert Angier: For nothing? Alfred Borden: Yeah Robert Angier: You never understood, why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It's miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you... then you got to see something really special... you really don't know?... it was... it was the look on their faces...
- In the Bullet Catch scene, you can clearly see the name Harry Dresden on the list of performers under "The Professor." Harry Dresden is a fictional wizard in "The Dresden Files", a series of books by novelist 'Jim Butcher (I)', and later the basis of "The Dresden Files" (2007).
Ricky Jay, who played a magician in the film, coached Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in their sleight-of-hand techniques.
Angier's double mumbles a few lines from a speech while rehearsing on stage before his first performance. What he's saying is actually the words of Harry Percy (Hotspur) from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, when called to appear before the king and explain his failure to turn over prisoners after a recent battle in Scotland. Apparently Hugh Jackman has used this speech in previous auditions. Presumably it was believed that having the double deliver a few lines from Shakespeare would lend him an actorly air, as his character is in fact a dissolute stage actor.
Chung Ling Soo was a stage character created by a Caucasian American man, William Ellsworth Robinson, who disguised himself as a Chinese man to cash in on audiences' enthusiasm for the exotic. Robinson lived as Chung, never breaking character while in public. He died in March 1918 when a bullet catch trick went wrong. "My God, I've been shot" were both his last words and the first English he had spoken on stage in 19 years.
The main characters' initials spell ABRA (Alfred Borden Robert Angier), as in Abracadabra, a common word used by magicians.
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