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and 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:July 11, 2008


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


Gillian Armstrong
Chris Curling
Marian MacGowan
Brian Ward
Tony Grisoni
Haris Zambarloukos
Daryl McKenzie
Composer (Music Score)
Cezary Skubiszewski
Composer (Music Score)
Nicholas Beauman
Gemma Jackson
Production Designer
Anja Müller
Art Director
Paul Inglis
Art Director
Toby Hosking
Art Director
Phil Robertson
Brian Ward
Tony Grisoni
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Lucas Foster
Executive Producer
Dan Lupovitz
Executive Producer
Kirk D'Amico
Executive Producer
Marcia Nasatir
Executive Producer
Anna Lynch Robinson
Set Designer
Anna Lynch Robinson
Set Decorator
Susannah Buxton
Costume Designer
Andrew Plain
Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Heeley
First Assistant Director
Gail Stevens
Jim Dowdall
Stunts Coordinator
James Rogers
Visual Effects Supervisor
Guy Tannahill
Line Producer

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