• Death Defying Acts (2008)

Death Defying Acts

Release Date: July 11th, 2008

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 2008

PG |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Upon arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland for a series of mind-boggling performances, master illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) offers an impressive cash reward to any supposed psychic who can accurately tell him his late mother's exact last words. Gorgeous swindler Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) rises to the challenge and engages Houdini in a dangerous flirtation that will blur the line between reality and paranoia -- and test the very limits of his skepticism.

Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan, Silvia Lombardo, Melanie Harris, Malcolm Shields, Ralph Riach

Director: Gillian Armstrong

Genres: Thriller , Drama , Romance

Production Co: Myriad Pictures, BBC Films, Australian Film Finance Corporation

Keywords: Engaging , Daughter , England , Rivalry , Mystery , Fascinating

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    What it lacks is a villain, and magic without danger is simply a parlor trick, which is what the film becomes. show more

  • 38
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Though all the elements are in place, there's not much magic to be found in Death Defying Acts, an intermittently entertaining but surprisingly modest romance from Gillian Armstrong. show more

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