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The Great Buck Howard (2008)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 2009 (USA)
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A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

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Sean McGinly

Writer:

Sean McGinly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Malkovich ... Buck Howard
Colin Hanks ... Troy Gable
Emily Blunt ... Valerie Brennan
Ricky Jay ... Gil Bellamy
Steve Zahn ... Kenny
Tom Hanks ... Mr. Gable
Griffin Dunne ... Jonathan Finerman
Debra Monk ... Doreen
Adam Scott ... Alan Berkman
Patrick Fischler ... Michael Perry
Wallace Langham ... Dan Green
Jonathan Ames ... Edward Kelly
Jacquie Barnbrook ... Sheila Heller
Paul Darricarrere Paul Darricarrere ... Restaurant Manager
Terry Scannell Terry Scannell ... Kip
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Storyline

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Written by Anonymous

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Get ready for the comeback of a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mente que Mente See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,004, 22 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$748,363, 5 July 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Kline was originally going to play Buck Howard. Colin Hanks stated this in an interview at the premiere of Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). See more »

Goofs

The scene with the mass hypnosis, supposedly in Cincinnati, is clearly in the main lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The banner with Placido Domingo's name is even clearly seen hanging outside. See more »

Quotes

Buck Howard: That's distilled water. I'm not an iron.
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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

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Do You Believe in Magic
Written by John Sebastian
Performed by Debra Monk
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Colin Hanks is flat and uninspired in this otherwise decent film.
22 July 2009 | by bruce-273See all my reviews

I think the film would have been great if they cast someone besides Colin Hanks. He is undeniably mediocre in this role. He performance is flat and drab and when I see him perform I can not help but think how much better the scene would be if someone else starred. I don't have a problem with this kid trying to cut his teeth in acting but do we all have to watch him learn to act on film. Seriously does Colin's dad Tom Hanks have to manufacture films just so his kid can have and acting career. I know Hollywood is nothing more than nepotism as a business but when the actor really doesn't cut it it's all the more insulting to the public and shame on the director for not trying to get more out of him.


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