The Great Buck HowardJune 5, 2009
A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 6.6/10 (7,193 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Tom Hanks
When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime.
Greatness is a state of mind.
Release Date: 5 June 2009
Filming Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Opening Weekend: $115,004
(22 March 2009)
(5 July 2009)
Did You Know?
Kevin Kline was originally going to play Buck Howard. Colin Hanks stated this in an interview at the premiere of
Zathura: A Space Adventure.
Errors in geography:
The scene with the mass hypnosis, supposedly in Cincinnatti, is clearly in the main lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles. The banner with Placedo Domingo's name is even clearly seen hanging outside.
Dad, what are you doing here?
I was gonna ask you the same question.
Enjoyable story about "B" celebs
This could be the story about so many "B" level celebrities, and is
based on the life story of the "Amazing Kresken," The Great Buck Howard
tells us that once you enter the field of entertainment, you might do
anything to stay on top.
Buck Howard (played wonderfully cheesy by John Malkovich) is a
"mentalist" who was popular on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show,"
appearing 61 times. He is a classic 70s Vegas magician, doing
fascinating tricks and metal feats of amazement. In all, he is a relic
of decades past, entertainment without special effects and he still
seems to think he is on top of the entertainment world.
Howard's career has has hit near the bottom, performing in such hotbeds
as Bakersfield, CA and Akron, OH in front of partially filled small
auditoriums. Still, he see's himself as a big time entertainer that is
just not getting the break he needs to get back on top (much of which
he blames on Jay Leno), in many ways he is a sad individual and does
not get that the only people who enjoy him are almost as sad as him.
The story is told through the eyes of his traveling secretary, played
by Colin Hanks, who is, himself, struggling with issues. He is battling
his desires to become famous with his fathers (played by his real dad
Tom Hanks)wish he become a lawyer. since he has no real talent (other
than writing)he is breaking into entertainment the only way he sees
This is a charming film, not something for those looking for action, a
major love story (a minor one occurs between Colin and the beautiful
Emily Blunt (best known as the 1st assistant in The Devil Wears Prada),
or some major personal victory, although in the end, Howard does find
what makes him happy.
This is a movie that likely describes the life of many "B" entertainers
that are seeking to stay in a limelight that has moved away from them.
it is simple and enjoyable.