• The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist

Release Date: August 18th, 2006

DVD Release Date: January 9th, 2007

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

A master magician named Eisenheim (Edward Norton) vies with Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) of Vienna for the hand of noblewoman Sophie (Jessica Biel), the girl he once loved. He brings his considerable powers to bear on the prince, as she is about to be named royal fiancee. However, a police inspector named Uhl (Paul Giamatti) tries to warn Eisenheim that he is playing a very dangerous game.

Cast: Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, Jake Wood, Tom Fisher, Karl Johnson

Director: Neil Burger

Genres: Mystery

Production Co: Michael London Productions, Stillking Films, Bull's Eye Entertainment, Bob Yari Productions

Distributors: Yari Film Group

Keywords: Dark , Love interest , Rise , Forbidden love , Rivalry , Fall , Revenge , Love triangle , Suspenseful ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    It's important to keep in mind that little in The Illusionist is quite what it seems. That goes for the movie itself, fashioned from smoke, mirrors and, fortunately, Mr. Norton's magical performance.

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The less said about the twists and turns The Illusionist takes, the better. Suffice to say, Eisenheim's masterful deceptions do not stop when he exits the stage. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Outstanding production values and mysterious subject matter give the film a surprisingly opulent feel for an independent Sundance entry. show more

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