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The Illusionist

The Illusionist

DVD - 2007
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The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold. When Leopold's new fiancée rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession. Suddenly the city's Chief Inspector finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for the most impressive illusion yet.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ILL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Patch777
Oct 19, 2020

Fantastic mystery romance with great acting. Beautifully shot with a great score ~420

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jimg2000
Jun 02, 2020

A mystery, romance, costume and magic show. Per wiki: The script was based loosely on "Eisenheim the Illusionist", a short story by Steven Millhauser from Millhauser's 1990 collection The Barnum Museum. Together with The Prestige and Scoop, The Illusionist was one of three films in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians.

The Prestige
Scoop ★★★½ - Besides the charming ghostly subplots, a credible romantic mystery comedy with Woody making fun of the Brits and Johansson playing a babe in the woods with a straight face.

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Liber_vermis
Nov 04, 2019

An entertaining fantasy supported by subtle music by Philip Glass. Was the heroine wounded on the left shoulder but bled on the right side of the horse? Ignore the overhead electric catenary in the closing scenes in the steam locomotive station.

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yesbyedith
Oct 05, 2019

And commentary excellent...
Under audio choices, not special features....

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

Before seeing The Illusionist in the theatre, I had no idea what it was about; nor had I read any reviews. It was very entertaining and the visual effects were stunning. Jessica Biel was great, as was Edward Norton. It's beautifully done and it has an incredible storyline that will simply amaze!

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dano62
Apr 07, 2019

Great movie, along with set, script and actors (and music by Philip Glass). Apart from some scenes, I would recommend it for family viewing.

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greatflicks
May 16, 2017

This is a love story with a lot of intrigue that kept me interested throughout the whole movie.
Ending was terrific and very unexpected.

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Annieoywong
Mar 10, 2017

Great movie, very entertaining and with unexpected ending.

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erinsnest
Jul 26, 2016

July 23 2016.....My kind of movie. Wish there were more like it!

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Courier2003
Jul 10, 2016

More like a SCI FI. Some parts interesting.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2020

34 quotes already in IMDb that just about cover every good quotes in the film:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443543/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

Eisenheim: [Angrily] Are you completely corrupt?
Chief Inspector Uhl: No, not completely, which is why I'll advise you not to accuse anyone.

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

Chief Inspector Uhl: [pacing] Eisenheim, I don't want to arrest you. I'm a cynical man, God knows... but if your manifestations are somehow real... then even I'm willing to admit, you're a very special person. And if it's a trick, then it's equally impressive. Either way, you have a gift. So don't make me put you in jail!

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

Josef Fischer: Life and death. Space and time. Fate and chance. Theses are the forces of the universe. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a man who has unlocked these mysteries. From the furthest corners of the world where the dark arts still hold sway he returns to us to demonstrate how nature's laws may be bent. I give you Eisenheim.

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DavidB
May 10, 2010

There is no argument that his uncanny displays separate him from the ranks of garden-variety stage wizards. Some of his effects transcend mere illusion and approach the realm of art.

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Ciresica
Mar 21, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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joseph
Jul 18, 2008

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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DavidB
May 10, 2010

Sexual Content: Although intercourse is implied between the main characters, no naughty bits are shown (besides Eddie Norton's chest). The scene is very tastefully and artistically done, accompanied by a beautiful score.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

An acclaimed illusionist has captured the imagination of all of Vienna including Crown Prince Leopold. When his new fiancée rekindles a childhood fascination with the illusionist, the Prince's interest becomes an obsession, and the city's chief inspector finds himself investigating a shocking crime.
Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan.
Alliance Atlantis

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bdls206
Sep 18, 2011

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

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