Death Defying Acts

Death Defying Acts

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall

     
 

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My Brilliant Career and Oscar and Lucinda director Gillian Armstrong explores the final feat of the greatest illusionist ever to deceive a live audience in this docudrama concerning Harry Houdini's obsessive quest to find proof of an afterlife. The yearSee more details below

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My Brilliant Career and Oscar and Lucinda director Gillian Armstrong explores the final feat of the greatest illusionist ever to deceive a live audience in this docudrama concerning Harry Houdini's obsessive quest to find proof of an afterlife. The year is 1926, and Houdini (Guy Pearce) is an international superstar. Not only does the illusionist's otherworldly ability to bend reality hold audiences completely enthralled, but his easy charm finds him winning the hearts of his growing legion of fans as well. Yet behind Houdini's winning smile resides the restless heart of a tortured soul. Isolated by fame and drowning in regret over having not been present to hear his mother's last words, Houdini sets out in tour of Scotland and announces that he will pay 10,000 dollars to anyone who can prove spiritual contact with his deceased mother. But in his determination to prove that there is life after death, Houdini also becomes the target of countless charlatans, scam artists, and self-proclaimed spiritualists. Of course, stunning psychic Mary McGregor (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her daughter/sidekick, Benji (Saoirse Ronan), seem remarkably sincere in their supernatural talents, yet that doesn't mean that the pair doesn't have their own ulterior motives for making a connection with the world-famous magic man.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2010
UPC:
9339065004601
Original Release:
2007
Source:
Icon
Sales rank:
75,128

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Pearce Harry Houdini
Catherine Zeta-Jones Mary McGarvie
Timothy Spall Mr. Sugarman
Saoirse Ronan Benji
Malcolm Shields Leith Romeo
Leni Harper Leith Romeo's Wife
Ralph Riach Mr. Robertson
Olivia Darnley Flower Stall Seller
Anthony O'Donnell Oily Librarian
Billy McColl McTavish
James Holmes Ugly Mug
Frankey Martyn Rose
Aileen O'Gorman Seamstress
Raymond Griffiths Music hall Dwarf
Shaun Mason Heckler
Tom Cotcher Boxer's Manager
Joanne Cummins Houdini Fan 1
Carol Robb Houdini Fan 2
Mark Carter Reporter 1
Mackay Crawford Psychic Reporter
Paul Grunert Hotel Manager
Graeme McKnight Bellboy
Aaron Brown Sugaman's assistant
Martin Fisher Concierge
Emma Humprhies Chambermaid
Miles Jupp Ventriloquist
Tim Frost Tap Dancer
Chloe Mackie Psychic Twin
Holly Mackie Psychic Twin
David McKail Matre d
Maev Alexander Autograph Hound
Richard Dean Angel with Red Hair
Rod Arthur Police Chief
Alan David Professor
Lorraine Hilton Professor's Assisstant
Dodger Phillips Reporter 2
Campbell Graham Reporter 3
Jack Bailey Red-Haired Pilot
Justin Flagg Montreal Student

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Susannah Buxton Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Curling Producer
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Lucas Foster Executive Producer
Tony Grisoni Co-producer,Screenwriter
Guy Heeley Asst. Director
Toby Hosking Art Director
Paul Inglis Art Director
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Dan Lupovitz Executive Producer
Marian MacGowan Producer
Daryl McKenzie Score Composer
Anja Müller Art Director
Marcia Nasatir Executive Producer
Andrew Plain Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Robertson Co-producer
Anna Lynch Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Cezary Skubiszewski Score Composer
Gail Stevens Casting
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Brian Ward Co-producer,Screenwriter
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer

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