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The Illusionist


Neil Burger

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Plot Summary

Vienna, 1900's: Eisenheim (Norton) is a brilliant stage magician, the greatest illusionist Vienna has ever seen. When his childhood friendship with Duchess Sophie von Teschen (Beil), 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, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.

Customer Reviews

Totally Amazing!

This film is unbelievable. The acting is brilliant and the end blows you away! This illusion guy finds his childhood love and they plan to leave and runaway together but something awful happens. Although I'm not a person that says the price is to bad on a review but £11 is a bit steep, i got it £3 pounds in HMV and thats less than renting it from here (which you should do! because it's not as good once you know the end). Anyways, an incredible film with a better ending than any other, i can safely say that this is a truly magical film (literally).


I must admit, when I first watched this I wasn't impressed at all. However, after watching it again I liked it a lot. It's very clever and the special effects are great. It has a decent story line too. As usual, Edward Norton is superb in the lead role. One to watch.

A truly enchanting and spell bounding film :)

This movie has all the genres for me drama, romance, thriller and magic!!! Edward Norton is one of the most enchanting actors, and I'm a big fan of movies set in the 1900s. Definitely one of those movies to be amazed with. Enjoy the illusion :)

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