Rent The Illusionist (2006)

3.6 of 5 from 770 ratings
1h 44min
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Vienna, 1900: Eisenheim (Norton) is a brilliant stage magician, the greatest illusionist Vienna has ever seen. When his childhood friendship with Duchess Sophie von Teschen (Biel), now betrothed to the power-hungry Crown Prince Leopold (Sewell), is rekindled he finds himself a target for the Prince's anger. As the clandestine romance continues, Leopold orders the shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl (Giamatti), the head of the secret police, to close down the theatre and make Eisenheim vanish. But as the net tightens around him and tragedy strikes, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.
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Neil Burger, Steven Millhauser
Dick Pope
Drama, Thrillers
2007, 2008
Release Date:
Run Time:
104 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Reviews (8) of The Illusionist

Clever and Entertaining - The Illusionist review by Rob S

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Thoroughly enjoyed this one and thought the, albeit fairly obvious, twist at the end was well executed and tied up all of the loose ends perfectly. Edward Norton does a fine job as the magician who returns to claim his childhood sweetheart who was banned from seeing him. Giamatti steals the best acting credits though as the detective who tries to piece together whats going on and feels ever more concerned at following his employers whimsical requests to get rid of evidence and various people.

All in, a great couple of hours of entertainment.


5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A delightful fairytale. - The Illusionist review by Nipper

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"Suitable viewing for all the family" is a phrase that would normally make my heart sink but this fine little film really does the job. A good story beautifully told. An illusion so well put together I almost believed it myself.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Good film with some great acting - The Illusionist review by CP Customer

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Giamatti is superb as the noble policeman trying to be loyal and Sewell clearly enjoys himself as the nasty bad guy. The main story is about a magician and his rekindled romance with childhood sweetheart Sophie. Some clever illusions which are explained at the end. You will probably guess most of it, but it is nonethless entertaining.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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