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Houdini's Death Defying Acts [DVD]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Celebrated director Gillian Armstrong (MY BRILLIANT CAREER, LITTLE WOMEN) helms this film about Harry Houdini's romance with a con woman. In his attempts to contact his dead mother, the magician (Guy Pearce) meets a beautiful psychic named Mary (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who isn't all she appears. Joined by her daughter (ATONEMENT's Saoirse Ronan), Mary tries to con Harry out of his $10,000 reward, an effort which is complicated by the love that grows between them. Set in 1926, this lush period drama also stars Timothy Spall (ENCHANTED).
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    • Rating - for some sensuality, thematic material, language, violent content and smoking.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 81551

  • Credits
    Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan
  • Critic Reviews
    "The poetic Houdini tale transports to 1920s Scotland and has magic that's sure to surprise."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Pearce's intelligent, dignified performance is complemented by a typically scene-stealing character turn from Timothy Spall..."
    Sight and Sound

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]nlivened by a spirited performance from Zeta-Jones and another charismatic turn from ATONEMENT's Ronan....It's visually pleasing..."
    Empire

    "The picture's modest charms sneak up on you scene by scene, and as shot by Haris Zambarloukos it has a burnished, seductive glow."
    New York Times

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