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.


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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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