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The Prestige

Show business can be murder... and that is exactly what happens when the pursuit of fame and accolades engulfs the lives of aspiring prestidigitators, Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) who are competing for the status of London's most remarkable magician. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 19 Oct 2006
Video Release: 19 Feb 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.

What does Michael Caine’s character mean when he says “obsession is a young man’s game”? How does Rupert and Alfred’s fixation on being the best affect their lives? Why are they unable to walk away from the rivalry? Can the pursuit of fame become addictive?

Although both men are talented performers, what part does showmanship play in their individual success? What sacrifices do the men make for their profession? What would you be willing to give up to be the best at something??

The film proposes several “what if” scenarios. If magic were real, what trick would you want to be able to perform? If Tesla’s invention worked as portrayed, what moral implications would follow? If both men were not so committed to secrecy, what tragedies and deceptions could have been avoided?

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