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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

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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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

Gross USA:

$750,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$900,689
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the final Bakersfield appearance, the marquee says BAKERSFIELD CENTER F ARTS PRESENTS THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD. The O is missing in OF. See more »

Goofs

While Buck and Troy are being driven around Cincinnati, you can see palm trees out the back and side windows of the limo. See more »

Quotes

Buck Howard: Troy you can bring that, and... toss my salad when you get back to the hotel.
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Features Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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What the World Needs Now
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by George Takei
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You think you've failed at life? Buck Howard will show your path
30 May 2009 | by la_fleurSee all my reviews

Houdini was once approached by a student who told him, "I know hundreds of card tricks, how many do you know?" Houdini replied, "Five, and I have dedicated my entire life to learning how to entertain an audience with them".

Buck Howard is a dried up celebrity struggling for his last gasp of fame. Almost forty years ago, Johnny Carson gave Buck Howard the title "The Great Buck Howard" and it stuck. Unfortunately, those years have left their mark and Buck is no longer 'Great'. Despite his tired jokes, sappy piano clap-along songs and magic acts he manages to attract small crowds at far-flung venues in the middle of America. The performances are always "One Night Only", as there would never be enough seat-fillers for a second. So what is exactly that keeps him going?

Colin Hanks plays Troy Gable, a law school dropout looking for a detour to finally get the answer to what he is meant to do in life. Will be able to counsel him a unbalanced magician -or mentalist-?

Nicely done, this film is funny and likable. A modern story about life dreams, the fierce entertainment industry, and the sadness that hides behind a bad temperamental person. Every well-known actor that appears in this film,even if they play short cameo roles, plays an important part.

It's quite a gentle, unusual comedy, so morals behind this movie are hard to get. However, this is a good film worth watching and definitely should be shown as an example of outstanding acting from Malkovich to Star Trek actor George Takei.


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