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by Gillian Armstrong


The story of the great Harry Houdini as he arrives in Edinburgh for the grand finale of his world tour in 1926. While his ingenious near-death escape stunts enrapture audiences, Houdini is more intrigued by notions of the afterlife. He offers a prize to anyone who can contact the dead and reveal the last words uttered by his dying mother. Mary, a struggling Scottish psychic, and her nine-year-old daughter Benji hear of the offer and decide to out-con Houdini. Instantly bewitched, Houdini is convinced that Mary is who he’s looking for. Mary soon finds herself seduced by Houdini’s charms and drawn into his world of illusion and dark secrets. As the stakes increase, it soon becomes a question of who is out-conning who?

international title: Death Defying Acts
original title: Death Defying Acts
country: United Kingdom, Australia
sales agent: Myriad Pictures
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Gillian Armstrong
release date: ES 04/04/2008, GR 24/04/2008, HR 26/07/2008, UK 08/08/2008, IT 14/11/2008
screenplay: Tony Grisoni, Brian Ward
cast: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan, Malcolm Shields, Leni Harper, Ralph Riach
cinematography by: Haris Zambarloukos
film editing: Nicholas Beauman
art director: Gemma Jackson
costumes designer: Jane Greenwood
music: Cezary Skubiszewski
producer: Chris Curling, Marian Macgowan
production: Zephyr Films, Myriad Pictures UK, Scion Films, Macgowan Lupovitz Nasatir Films (AU)
backing: Film Finance Corporation, UK Film Council, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Zephyr Films, BBC Films, Myriad Pictures
distributor: Lionsgate, DeA Planeta (ES), Audiovisual (GR), MG Film (HR), Eagle Pictures (IT)
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