PG certificateThe Illusionist is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Illusionist is a 4 star programme

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The Illusionist (2006)

Directed by
Neil Burger

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, beautiful aristocrat Sophie Von Teschen (Jessica Biel) is pushed to appear onstage with magician-of-the-moment Eisenheim (Edward Norton, pictured) by her vain fiancé, Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell).

What Leopold doesn't know is that Sophie and Eisenheim were childhood sweethearts, but there's no mistaking the sparks that fly when the two are reunited during the performance. His suspicions aroused, Leopold orders police inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) to discredit Eisenheim, but the more he discovers about Eisenheim, the more Uhl comes to believe that the magic man has a real gift.

Despite being somewhat overshadowed by the release of Christopher Nolan's high-gloss magic drama The Prestige, Burger's film should not be overlooked.

Norton and Giamatti may not have the super powers of Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale to attract a blockbuster-loving audience, but they know how to pull a fine performance out of the hat. A beautiful example of first-rate film-making.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 109 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: Czech Republic/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Edward NortonEdward Norton...Eisenheim
Image for Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti...Inspector Uhl
Image for Jessica BielJessica Biel...Sophie
Image for Rufus SewellRufus Sewell...Crown Prince Leopold
Image for Eddie MarsanEddie Marsan...Josef Fischer
Image for Jake WoodJake Wood...Jurka
Tom Fisher...Willigut
Image for Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson...Young Eisenheim
Image for Eleanor TomlinsonEleanor Tomlinson...Young Sophie
Karl Johnson...Doctor/Old Man
Vincent Franklin...Loschek
Nicholas Blane...Herr Doebler
Philip McGough...Dr. Hofzinser
Erich Redman...Count Rainer
Michael Carter...Von Thurnburg