The Prestige

Touchstone Pictures / Warner Bros. Released 2006




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Christopher Nolan

The Prestige is about two rival magicians who compete against each other to create the most spectacular illusions in 19th century London. Alfred Borden and Robert Angier once worked together as assistants to Milton the Magician when they were young. During one trick, Alfred makes a mistake that leads to the death of Robert's wife, fueling a competition between the two magicians that begins to consume their lives. Things take a turn for the sinister, when Alfred performs a trick so spectacular that Robert is driven mad trying to figure out how he did it. His obsession leads Robert from London to Colorado Springs, where he encounters historical figure Nikola Tesla and obtains his help. When Alfred learns that Robert has successfully figured out his illusion, he sabotages the trick, killing Robert in the process. However, nothing is quite as it seems in a world where illusion is king.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Stuffed with hard-working actors, sleek effects and stagy period details, The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan from a script he wrote with his brother Jonathan, is an intric...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Prestige does more than focus on magicians. It is so in love with the romance, wonder and ability to fool of stage illusion that it becomes something of a magic trick in and of...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirati...

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    • Production Budget - $40,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $53,089,891 (61st)
      Worldwide Gross - $109,676,311 (55th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $66,139,467
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $136,634,916

    • Other Production Companies:
      Buena Vista (distributor)
      Newmarket Films
      Syncopy Films

    • Taglines:
      1. Are You Watching Closely?
      2. A Friendship That Became a Rivalry.
      3. A Rivalry That Turned Deadly.

    • Filming locations include:
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Beverly Hills, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Koreatown, Los Angeles, California
      Mount Wilson, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Pasadena, California
      Downey, California
      Telluride, Colorado
      Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California

    • Music:
      Drinkin' Down the Rose & Crown
      Composed by Keith Nichols
      Tripping Gaily
      Written and Performed by Ena Bag
      Composed by Bob Barratt and Colin Frechter
      Butterfly Etude
      Composed by Frédéric Chopin
      Arranged & Performed by Stephen Edwards
      Vowel Movement
      Composed by Andy Vale
      Bathroom Scales
      Composed by Andy Vale
      Princess Waltz
      Written by W. Davies
      Written and performed by Thom Yorke

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Cinematography


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