The Prestige

The Prestige

DVD - 2007
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Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London. Two magicians share an intense rivalry with each other which leads them to a life-long battle for supremacy and they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets.

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ArapahoeKati Jul 25, 2018

Colorado connection: Magician Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) travels to Colorado Springs to learn the secrets of Nikola Tesla (played by David Bowie). Are you watching closely?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2018

The Prestige is about two magicians who attempt to create the greatest trick ever. While both of them work together at first, things take a turn for the worse when Robert Angier (played by Hugh Jackman) loses his wife in an accident during a magic show, and he seeks revenge on Alfred Borden (played by Christian Bale). While both magicians are intent on defeating each other and performing the greatest trick, one wonders whether their obsession has driven them into madness. Apart from the two lead actors, The Prestige has a star cast including Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie, and Andy Serkis, among others. Though the movie is a bit slow at times, it is very intriguing. As a psychological film and a mystery, viewers get so caught up in the plot that until the end, they don’t realize that the biggest trick is played on them, right under their noses. I would give the film 4 stars.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This movie is set in Edwardian London times, following two magicians and their rival against each other. Years after their former magic assistant tragically dies during a trick, the one magician attempts to accomplish the most challenging of tricks; teleportation. As an act of vengeance, the other tries to uncover how he plans on doing so as a way to get justice for what had happened before. This movie is unique, interesting, and well-performed. At times the movie was slow-paced and confusing, however overall I would rate it 4/5 stars and recommend it to magic lovers and those seeking suspense and thrill. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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chaliser
Jun 28, 2018

If you don't read some of the comments here before the movie, you will miss some/many of the clues that key you in to how and why it ends as it does. VEWY TWICKY this movie is. Well done!

SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

I loved this movie. Especially since David Bowie made an appearance as the SUPERIOR Nikola Tesla (yeah, buzz off, Edison.)

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gingin1972
Feb 03, 2018

I thought it was a very boring move!! With all the great stars in the movie I thought it would be much better!! But It really sucked!!

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reginator_22
Jan 28, 2018

Not bad, not bad at all.

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Palomino
Nov 26, 2017

Saw this years ago, rewatched and it's still really good. Plot is everything, and how many movies have a great story? Minus one star because it's so confusing and weird. Watch it anyways, great actors and very elegant direction.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Great movie, I saw it young so i didn't really understand it so you could only imagine how much better it was when i saw it later.Then i saw it like a million more times because its such a good movie. Would definitely recommend this.

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patch666
Sep 23, 2017

great movie !! great acting !!! Bowie !!!!! Piper Perabo !!!!!

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BaleHead
Sep 02, 2017

One of my favourite Christopher Nolan films. Watching it over and over again you always pick up something you missed before. I love discussing all the possible theories about the film's plot. The whole cast all deliver exceptional performances. Amazes me that the film is one big magic trick! Abracadabra!

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: Violence.

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 18, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: death (accidental, purposeful, execution)

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 18, 2017

Sexual Content: magician's assistant that has relationships w/both magicians

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 18, 2017

Violence: danger associated w/extreme magics involving people

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 18, 2017

Coarse Language: some profanity

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2014

Violence: Fingers are blown off. Gunshots, some blood, hangings, several drowning, and lots of revenge.

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2014

Sexual Content: Affairs, cleavage, implied sex(quite a bit) And some other stuff

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2014

Coarse Language: Not much.

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: the whole movie is intense.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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reginator_22
Jan 28, 2018

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"."

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Monolith
Feb 02, 2013

Robert Angier: "This is his diary, Olivia... All of his secrets are right here in my hands!" Olivia Wenscombe: "It won't bring your wife back." Robert Angier: "I don't care about my wife! I care about his secret!"

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Hotel Manager: I thought they might work for the government.
Robert Angier: No?
Hotel Manager: Worse. They work for Thomas Edison.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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?

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Ween_David
Sep 15, 2010

Now you're all looking for the secret, but you won't find it. Because after all, you're not really looking. You don't really want to know... You want to be fooled.

nadian Jan 27, 2008

Are you watching closely?

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 18, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2014

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

nadian Jan 27, 2008

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The rivalry between two magicians is exacerbated when one of them performs the ultimate illusion.

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