History Film / ThePrestige

18th Jan '17 4:44:41 PM The12thDoctor
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->"''Now you're looking for the secret... But you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.''"
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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[TagLine A friendship that became a rivalry. A rivalry that turned deadly.]]'']]
->"''Now you're looking for the secret... But but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.''"
-->--'''Cutter'''
-->-- '''Cutter'''
17th Nov '16 6:58:09 PM Angelus25
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* CloneDegradation: Averted. [[spoiler: Tesla's cloning machine is too perfect, to the point where every time it's used, the original is killed and the clone continues in their place without missing a beat.]]
17th Nov '16 1:22:07 PM SolipSchism
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* KillingYourAlternateSelf: The machine creates a perfect clone of Angier each time he uses it. [[spoiler: He immediately grabbed a gun and shot the first duplicate. And drowned every clone thereafter as he uses the machine for his act, eventually filling an entire warehouse with the bodies]].

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* KillingYourAlternateSelf: The machine creates a perfect clone of Angier each time he uses it. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He immediately grabbed a gun and shot the first duplicate. And drowned duplicate out of horrified panic--but every clone thereafter as time he uses did the machine for trick thereafter, it was the man who stepped in who died, and the duplicate who continued in his act, eventually filling an entire warehouse stead. This is highlighted in the final shot of the movie, which depicts rows and rows of water tanks, with the bodies]].a dead Angier in ''every single one of them''.]].
9th Nov '16 6:46:36 AM FuzzyBoots
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** The initials of the main characters can be arranged to form "ABRACADABRA" without having to change the order of the first and last name.
9th Nov '16 6:07:17 AM FuzzyBoots
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* CaliforniaDoubling:
** For England in most of the scenes set there.
** A variant in the Angier storyline, as the scenes of Angier's trip to Colorado were actually filmed in Colorado, however, the town of Telluride in southwest Colorado is standing in for Colorado Springs. To be fair, Telluride has more buildings left over from the 1890s time period, compared to Colorado Springs, and it would take less work to disguise the environments.



* KillingYourAlternateSelf: The machine creates a perfect clone of Angier each time he uses it. [[spoiler: He immediately grabbed a gun and shot the first duplicate. And drowned ever clone thereafter as he uses the machine for his act, eventually filling an entire warehouse with the bodies]].

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* KillingYourAlternateSelf: The machine creates a perfect clone of Angier each time he uses it. [[spoiler: He immediately grabbed a gun and shot the first duplicate. And drowned ever every clone thereafter as he uses the machine for his act, eventually filling an entire warehouse with the bodies]].
3rd Nov '16 8:51:12 AM Cornucopia
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** When Borden is performing his bullet catch, he asks if his volunteer is "man enough" to point a gun at him an pull the trigger.

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** When Borden is performing his bullet catch, he asks if his volunteer is "man enough" to point a gun at him an and pull the trigger.



** You have a little daughter, seven years old at the most. Imagine, years before, that you made a colossal mistake and kill the wife of your good friend, and now that friend is growing steadily more and more obsessed with getting revenge on you. Then your former friend is murdered, with you present. You are tried and sentenced to death, meaning your daughter is going to the workhouse. Until you get a lifeline - give up your most valuable secret to a rich benefactor, and he will take in your daughter and raise her. You do so.[[spoiler:..and it turns out the benefactor is the murdered man, who faked his death. That's right - your former friend has murdered you and kidnapped your daughter, where she will be in close proximity to a man who is clearly very unstable, and he's made sure you are ''absolutely helpless to stop it.'']]

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** You have a little daughter, seven years old at the most. Imagine, years before, that you made a colossal mistake and kill killed the wife of your good friend, and now that friend is growing steadily more and more obsessed with getting revenge on you. Then your former friend is murdered, with you present. You are tried and sentenced to death, meaning your daughter is going to the workhouse. Until you get a lifeline - give up your most valuable secret to a rich benefactor, and he will take in your daughter and raise her. You do so.[[spoiler:..and it turns out the benefactor is the murdered man, who faked his death. That's right - your former friend has murdered you and kidnapped your daughter, where she will be in close proximity to a man who is clearly very unstable, and he's made sure you are ''absolutely helpless to stop it.'']]



* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angier shouts out "No wait I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shots him making it very unclear if the original killed the clone, or the clone killed the original.]]

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* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angier Angiers shouts out "No wait I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shots shoots him making it very unclear if the original killed the clone, or the clone killed the original.]]
22nd Sep '16 4:30:11 PM Grug
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* CloneDegradation: Averted. [[spoiler: Tesla's cloning machine is too perfect, to the point where every time it's used, the original is killed and the clone continues in their place without missing a beat.]]
10th Jul '16 5:33:41 PM rjung
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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that the two leads are played by the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.

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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that TheEndingChangesEverything: Very much so. You ''will'' watch the two leads are played by movie a second time to see the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.clues you overlooked the first time around.


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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that the two leads are played by the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.
10th Jul '16 5:30:32 PM rjung
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* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Angier killed himself ''dozens'' of times so that when Borden inevitably made it backstage, he could be framed for murder on circumstantial evidence. Whether he's the man in the box or the man outside, Borden goes down.]] However, [[spoiler:Angier didn't know Borden had a twin who could avenge him, then take back his daughter. Incidentally, this turns his Xanatos Gambit into a BatmanGambit which was, adequately enough, pulled off by Batman himself, Creator/ChristianBale.]] Also qualifies as a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit for the Angier clones that end up as the "man in the box."]]
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* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Angier killed himself ''dozens'' of times so that when Borden inevitably made it backstage, he could be framed for murder on circumstantial evidence. Whether he's the man in the box or the man outside, Borden goes down.]] However, [[spoiler:Angier didn't know Borden had a twin who could avenge him, then take back his daughter. Incidentally, this turns his Xanatos Gambit into a BatmanGambit which was, adequately enough, pulled off by Batman himself, Creator/ChristianBale.]] Also qualifies as a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit for the Angier clones that end up as the "man in the box."]]
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26th Jun '16 8:53:06 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: During Borden's Bullet Catch scene, one of the performers on the list is one Mr. [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].

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* ShoutOut: During Borden's Bullet Catch scene, one of the performers on the list is one Mr. [[TheDresdenFiles [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].
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