The Prestige (film)

The Prestige is a 2006 thriller drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by Nolan and his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priests 1995 World Fantasy Awardwinning novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive oneupmanship with tragic results.

Robert Angier Hugh Jackman and Alfred Borden Christian Bale begin their illusionist careers as shills for Milton the Magician. John Cutter Michael Caine works as Miltons ingnieur stage engineer and Angiers wife Julia Piper Perabo as Miltons assistant. Miltons most famous trick is to have Julia escaping from a water tank. In one performance, with Julias consent, Borden ties her hand with a more difficult knot she fails to undo it in time and drowns in the tank. Angier blames Borden for his wifes death and holds a grudge from then onwards.The two go on to launch separate careers. Borden becomes The Professor, hires a mute and mysterious man named Bernard Fallon as his ingnieur and starts a relationship with Sarah Rebecca Hall, a woman he meets when performing, eventually marrying her. Angier becomes The Great Danton, assisted by Olivia Wenscombe Scarlett Johansson and Cutter. Angier attempts to kill Borden in his bullet catch trick, shooting off two of his fingers. Borden retaliates by sabotaging Angiers bird cage act, killing the bird and maiming an audience member in front of the theater. This move severely damages Angiers reputation. ........

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