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Plot, Details & Awards

The Prestige

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.

PG-13 In Theaters 10/20/2006 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are London-based magicians of the highest order, both blessed with spectacular powers of deception and both cursed with unrelenting envy for one another's skills. When Alfred performs an awe-inspiring trick for which there seems no logical explanation, the friendly competition shared between the pair turns to deadly rivalry as the enraged Rupert determines to uncover his rival's deepest secrets. In the world of illusion, however, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the rules of the physical world simply don't apply. Now, as bitter competition quickly begins to consume the souls of both performers, the firestorm birthed by their anger threatens to consume all who surround them. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie co-star in a feature that finds director/screenwriter Nolan reuniting with brother and Memento story author Jonathan Nolan to adapt author Christopher Priest's original novel.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Nathan Crowley Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Julie Ochipinti Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Wally Pfister Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Nathan Crowley Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 London Film Critics Association Best British Director Christopher Nolan Nominated
2006 London Film Critics Association Best Supporting British Actor Michael Caine Won
2006 London Film Critics Association Best British Actor Christian Bale Nominated
2006 London Film Critics Association British Newcomer of the Year Rebecca Hall Nominated

Online Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Online Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Jonathan Nolan Nominated
2006 Online Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Christopher Nolan Nominated

Rome International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Rome International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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