In a world where nothing is as it appears, an illusionist and a police inspector face off in a challenge of wills that attempts to determine where reality ends and magic begins…all the while blurring the line between power and corruption, love and devotion, vigilance and mania and ultimately, life and death.
A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, The Illusionist is the latest film from the producers of the Oscar® winners Crash and Sideways.
The film stars Academy Award® nominees Edward Norton (Fight Club, American History X) and Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways) as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits.
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Review by Madelyn Ritrosky. I’m a sucker for a good romance and that’s what The Illusionist is. But it’s also more. It’s a good mystery, set in Vienna a century ago in what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Continue reading "Illusions of Love"...
Photo Credit: Glen Wilson
Majestic Numbers for 'The Illusionist'
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2006 /PRNewswire/ --
When the Yari Film Group expands their film "The Illusionist" to 971 theaters in North America today, it will be coming off two tremendous weeks at the box office with the film in limited release.
The Arclight in Hollywood alone grossed $54,319 on the opening weekend, the 5th highest single theater gross in the country. Over the entire first week the per screen average remained impressively high at $26,727.
To date through the week (including numbers through Wednesday night) the per screen average is $17,191. This is the highest theater average for any film this week. The total cume to date is $3,838,553.
USA Today adds "'The Illusionist' casts a bewitching spell! Could not be more different from the big studio summer offerings! This suspenseful and stylish film has a welcome sense of originality. It's a pleasure to see Edward Norton deliver yet another remarkable performance. Proves that a film need not be mindless fluff to qualify as escapist entertainment."
Upcoming releases include "Haven," starring Orlando Bloom leading an all star ensemble cast including Zoe Saldana, Bill Paxton, and Joy Bryant; "First Snow," starring Guy Pearce and Piper Perabo; "Even Money," with an ensemble cast including Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, Kelsey Grammer, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and Tim Roth; and "Gray Matters," starring Tom Cavanaugh and Heather Graham.
The company recently finished production on "The Hoax," a drama starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden and "The Painted Veil," starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. The company is currently in post-production on "Kickin It Old Skool," starring Jamie Kennedy, and in production with "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel Jackson and Josh Hartnett.
Running Time: 109 minutes
Web Site: www.IllusionistTheFilm.com
Screenplay By/Directed By: Neil Burger
Based on the short story “Eisenheim The Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser.
Producers: Michael London,, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Bob Yari, Cathy Schulman
Executive Producers: Jane Garnett, Tom Nunan, Ted Liebowitz, Joey Horvitz
CoProducers: Tom Karnowski, Matthew Stillman, David Minkowski
Director of Photography: Dick Pope BSC
Production Designer: Ondrej Nekvasil
Editor: Naomi Geraghty
Costume Designer: Ngila Dickson
Composer: Philip Glass
Casting: Deborah Aquila, CSA, Tricia Wood, CSA,
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A magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a prince, the magician uses his powers to win her back and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna. Production Company: Bull's Eye Entertainment, Contagious Entertainment, Michael London Productions, Stillking Films. Budget Estimate: $16 Million. Filming Locations: Prague, Czech Republic| Tábor, Czech Republic. Not yet available on DVD. Pre-order soon.