The IllusionistSeptember 1, 2006
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 7.6/10 (138,166 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti
Eisenheim is a magician in early 1900's Vienna, who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a Crown Prince, Eisenheim uses his powers to free her and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna.
Writers: Neil Burger, Steven Millhauser
Crown Prince Leopold
(as Edward Marsan)
Nothing is what it seems
Release Date: 1 September 2006
Filming Locations: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $927,956
(20 August 2006)
Did You Know?
When Prince Leopold is approached by Inspector Uhl, while hunting, to inform him of Eisenheim and Sophie's meetings, the Prince asks what they were seen doing together. The line about if they were seen "fornicating" was originally filmed as him saying "fucking" instead. They dubbed in the word "fornicating" to avoid an R-Rating in compliance with the MPAA's policy that the f-word not be used in reference to intercourse in a PG-13 film.
When Inspector Uhl finds Leopold to tell him of Sophie and Eisenheim's relationship, Leopold asks "What where they doing? Touching? Kissing? Fornicating?" His face is only shown when he says "fornicating", but he mouths a completely different word. (see Trivia)
woman in audience:
It's her. I know it's her! She wants to tell us something.
Brilliant movie, exceptional all around
This movie was stunning in many aspects. Visually in terms of
locations, inside and out, there was great consistency and a nothing
seemed strained. The story weaved fluidly through these locations and
seemed to make the locales a vital part of the story. Ed Norton was
mesmerizing, a superb performance that allowed the story to unfold
seemingly at his discretion. Jess Biel was very believable and
stunningly beautiful. Paul Giamatti (sp) played an admirable role and
took the viewer by surprise in many elements of the story. The story
was fresh and imaginative, very intriguing. Not as predictable as you
would think. We saw this at a Sundance screening and the entire theater
of 500+ seats was full and when the movie was over all you could hear
was excited and happy chatter, lots of applause as well. Director came
out for a Q&A after and was very amiable in answering questions. Highly