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About the Movie
The "bad boys of magic" go over the edge in this mind-blowing, role-switching comedy murder mystery set in the dizzying world of Atlantic City casinos. In a TV interview, Penn mentions his idea of a fun practical joke: "I wish someone were trying to kill me. It would give focus to my life, excitement. I'd be like James Bond." Twenty-million people hear him. One decides to deliver a punchline he'll never forget. Made by people who thought Psycho was a comedy, Penn & Teller Get Killed (they also wrote the piece) features Caitlin Clarke as the femme fatale and David Patrick Kelly as the Edgar Allan Poe-esque nutcase with a new mission. Arthur Penn, known for hip masterpieces like Bonnie and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant and Little Big Man, directs with roller-coaster pacing and subversive intelligence.
A Real “Killer” B Movie (one of 237!)
This review is an excerpt from my book “Killer B’s: The 237 Best Movies On Video You’ve (Probably) Never Seen,” which is available as an ebook on iBooks. If you enjoy this review, there are 236 more like it in the book (plus a whole lot more). Check it out!
PENN & TELLER GET KILLED: Comedy is timing, and so is magic. So is it really a surprise that these guys do both well, and even introduce themselves as “comedians, and the best magicians in the world”? If Hunter Thompson had done magic, he would have been Penn Jillette; a screaming, in-your-face charlatan, growling his “shock appeal” material at the audience, with a rabidly bad attitude; shrugging off Teller’s messy death with “Ya win some; ya lose some.” Teller is the illegitimate offspring of Harpo and Houdini; a skilled escape artist whose cherubic grin hides a devilish trickster. The one thing they hate is nice, sweet, safe magic. So let them take you to the edge, laughing—and then push you over. Laughing. And then bring you back, where we all share a laugh. Now, you see it!
I've been waiting a long time to see this again...
The first time I saw this movie was when it aired on HBO (back when it all it was was 'HBO', and not a part of a slew of HBO movie channels in a subscription pack). Much in the style of the two main leads, the film was fun and irreverent--and I LOVED it. This film is also one of a handful of films that I still have on LD, and while I wouldn't mind hooking up the LD player just to see this film, it will be even better to download this on my iPod so that I can take it with me to watch where ever I go. Thank you for offering this on iTunes!