2006   USA The Illusionist
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Director:Neil Burger
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Neil Burger, Steven Millhauser
IMDb Rating:7.6 (118,341 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations
Duration:109 min
Neil Burger  ...  (Director)
Neil Burger, Steven Millhauser  ...  (Writer)
Edward Norton  ...  Eisenheim
Paul Giamatti  ...  Inspector Uhl
Jessica Biel  ...  Sophie
Rufus Sewell  ...  Crown Prince Leopold
Eddie Marsan  ...  Josef Fischer
Jake Wood  ...  Jurka
Tom Fisher  ...  Willigut
Eleanor Tomlinson  ...  Young Sophie
Karl Johnson  ...  Doctor / Old Man
Vincent Franklin  ...  Loschek
Nicholas Blane  ...  Herr Doebler
Philip McGough  ...  Dr. Hofzinser
Erich Redman  ...  Count Rainer
Michael Carter  ...  Von Thurnburg
Aaron Taylor-Johnson  ...  Young Eisenheim (as Aaron Johnson)
Dick Pope  ...  Cinematographer
Philip Glass  ...  Composer
Naomi Geraghty  ...  Editor
Summary: A supernaturally talented magician attempts to undermine the rigid social structure of turn-of-the-century Vienna by using his powers to win the love of his upper-class, childhood sweetheart in director Neil Burger's cinematic adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser's short story. Though the ill-fated childhood romance between cabinetmaker's son Eisenheim (Edward Norton) and upper-class Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel) eventually resulted in the heartbroken young man leaving Austria to explore the world, his dreams of one day reuniting with the beautiful duchess never faded. Upon returning to Vienna 15 years later as a talented and renowned illusionist, Eisenheim's hopes of a reunion seem dashed when he learns that Sophie is currently engaged to the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). As the tensions between the Eisenheim and Leopold elevate, urbane Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) finds his sympathy toward Eisenheim growing, despite his formal obligations to the powerful prince.

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