The Prestige

Release Date: October 20, 2006
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5/200 Max Braden Magic, science, rivalry - this is a good adventure drama.
19/52 Les Winan Not great, but the superior of the 2006 magician movies. I'll watch anything Christopher Nolan does, even if it's a bit disappointing.
38/68 Michael Bentley Too muddled, too long, and too much effort for too little payoff keeps this from being enjoyable.
64/159 David Mumpower Clunkier and less satisfying than The Illusionist, this tale of revenge involves too many moving parts, most of them unbelievable.

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Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play dueling 19th century magicians locked in a deadly battle to learn the secret of each other's trademark illusion in the latest film from Christopher Nolan. Based on the 1996 novel by Christopher Priest, The Prestige is also set to co-star Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie.

Given that this film stars both Batman and Wolverine, and is coming from the director of Batman, one would think this would be a major release. However, The Prestige is currently scheduled for a limited release in the fall. Perhaps it's an attempt by the two main stars and director to retain their indie cred before going back to the big budget pictures. Either way, we expect a slick looking film witht he opportunity for a bit twist (Nolan also directed Memento), especially since magic has a wide appeal with audiences (witness the inexplicable fascination with David Blaine), but unless it starts drawing massive awards buzz, The Prestige will likely receive little attention at the box office. (Tim Briody/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Prestige
Main Cast Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale
Supporting Cast Michael Caine, David Bowie
Director Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Distributor Touchstone Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Screen Count 2,281
Awards Awards page for The Prestige
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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