The Great Buck Howard

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  • The Great Buck Howard Trailer

    Trailer

    3/20/09

    The trailer for The Great Buck Howard. Troy Gable (Colin Hanks), a recent law school dropout in Los Angeles, is searching for a job when he comes across a personal assistant position advertised in the local paper. He attends the interview for the position at a local restaurant, where he meets and is struck by the Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a waning mentalist. Although skeptical of Buck, Troy is convinced the job will be an exciting change from his ordinarily mundane life and goes on the road with Buck playing for half-empty houses in small towns and cities across the country. Although Buck can be prickly and harsh and his act is corny, he always impresses the small town crowds and Troy sees that Buck is truly in his element. For his signature trick, Buck's performance fee is hidden in the audience while Buck waits in his dressing room and when he returns, he picks it out of the crowd. He never fails. One night Troy's father (Tom Hanks) appears, angry to find his son - who he thought was still in law school - is working as Buck's glorified gofer. After the ensuing drama, Troy is ready to bow to his father's wishes but Buck asks him to stick it out a while longer. He has a "spectacular" trick planned that will guarantee his long-awaited comeback. The big event is planned for Cincinnati and Buck hires a big New York PR firm to handle it. Buck is upset when, instead of sending the top publicist he was expecting, the firm sends junior publicist Valerie (Emily Blunt). Although Buck is dismissive of Valerie, Valerie and Troy hit it off and wind up spending the night together. On the day of the event, Valerie seems to prove herself in Buck's eyes - she has gathered a large group of reporters to cover Buck as he attempts to set a world record by putting an entire room full of people to sleep. However, just as things get going and participants start falling asleep, the reporters' cell-phones begin ringing: Jerry Springer (talk-show host and former mayor ofmoreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: You're Practically an Embryo

    Clip

    3/20/09

    In this clip Valerie (Emily Blunt) comes to work with Buck Howard (John Malkovich) because Steve could not make it and Buck says that she is practically an embryo and he has a big weekend coming up. The Great Buck Howard is about Buck Howard (John Malkovich) who may seem like a magician- but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: I'm A Mentalist

    Clip

    3/20/09

    Troy Gabel (Colin Hanks) meets Buck Howard (John Malkovich) for the first time about a job and he has never met him before. He wrongly says that Buck is a magician and is quickly corrected that Buck is actually a mentalist. The Great Buck Howard is about Buck Howard (John Malkovich) who may seem like a magician- but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Trailer B

    Trailer

    3/20/09

    The second trailer for Summit Entertainment's indie drama The Great Buck Howard. Once upon a time, Buck Howard spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire - not to be confused with those of a mere magician - earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond simple sleight of hand - he can read minds and hypnotize not just a single soul but an entire room of people! But nowadays, it's clear to everyone but Buck that his act has lost its luster; he performs in faded community centers and hasn't sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a hearty handshake and a trademark "I love this town!" Buck Howard perseveres, confident in his own celebrity, convinced his comeback is imminent. He just needs a new road manager and personal assistant. As it turns out, recent law school drop-out and unemployed, would-be writer Troy Gable needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable, especially to his father, who still assumes Troy is in law school. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist and a bold stroke of fate, Buck surprisingly lands back into the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life. As the coveted spotlight again shines on the great Buck Howard, Buck becomes the unlikeliest of teachers as Troy learns a few tricks he couldn't possibly have picked up in law school.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Is He Gay

    Clip

    3/20/09

    A clip from The Great Buck Howard entitled "Is He Gay". Troy (Colin Hanks) and Valerie (Emily Blunt) are getting a drink ans she asks if Buck is gay.
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Dinner Meeting

    Clip

    3/20/09

    A clip from The Great Buck Howard entitled "Dinner Meeting". Troy (Colin Hanks) meets Gil (Ricky Jay) and Buck (John Malkovich) for a dinner meeting. This clip offers some of the same scenes as I'm A Mentalist, but with more in the beginning.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Perspectivo

    Clip

    3/20/09

    A clip from The Great Buck Howard entitled "Perspectivo". The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) meets Troy's father Mr. Gable (Tom Hanks), who is upset that his son is not at Law School and instead carrying Buck's bags.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Vegas Meeting

    Clip

    3/20/09

    A clip from The Great Buck Howard entitled "Vegas Meeting". The guys go to a meeting in Vegas to talk about bringing Buck's show back to Vegas, but with some alterations.
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Opening Title

    Clip

    3/20/09

    Opening title sequence for The Great Buck Howard. Segment was created by the production company Prologue.
  • The Great Buck Howard Clip: Isn't That Wild

    Clip

    3/20/09

    A clip from The Great Buck Howard entitled "Isn't That Wild". The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) steps out on stage to perform and guesses a number chosen by a guy in the audience....zero.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard

    Movie

    1/1/08

    Colin Hanks stars in this offbeat comedy as a law student who quits school against his father's wishes to become the apprentice of cantankerous illusionist the Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich). Looking to regain the magic of his once-successful career, Howard takes his show on the road, where he and his new assistant endure a series of hilarious misadventures. Hanks's real-life dad, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, co-stars.moreless
  • The Great Buck Howard

    Trailer

    Once upon a time, Buck Howard (John Malkovich) spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire not to be confused with those of a mere magician - earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond simple sleight of hand he can read minds and hypnotize not just a single soul but an entire room of people! But nowadays, it's clear to everyone but Buck that his act has lost its luster; he performs in faded community centers and hasn't sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a hearty handshake and a trademark "I love this town!," Buck Howard perseveres, confident in his own celebrity, convinced his comeback is imminent. He just needs a new road manager and personal assistant. As it turns out, recent law school drop-out and unemployed, would-be writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable, especially to his father (Tom Hanks), who still assumes Troy is in law school. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt) and a bold stroke of fate, Buck surprisingly lands back into the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life. As the coveted spotlight again shines on the great Buck Howard, Buck becomes the unlikeliest of teachers as Troy learns a few tricks he couldn't possibly have picked up in law school.moreless