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Still shot from the movie: The Illusionist.

The Illusionist

Eisenheim (Ed Norton) is a gifted Illusionist who performs for heads of state. But the magic trick requiring his greatest ingenuity may be keeping secret his romantic inclinations for Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel), a former childhood friend who is now betrothed to Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 17 Aug 2006
Video Release: 09 Jan 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why was it important to marry within your social class during the time depicted in The Illusionist? What does Leopold hope to achieve by marrying Sophie? What would Sophie have to give up if she married outside of her class?

Why is Prince Leopold afraid of Eisenheim’s growing popularity with the citizens of Vienna? Why does the illusionist’s performance at the castle further infuriate the Prince?

What moral dilemma does the Chief Inspector face? What does he have to sacrifice for his choice?

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