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Death Defying Acts

Death Defying Acts
  • 2007
  • UK/Australia
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
  • Written by: Tony Grisoni, Brian Ward
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan

Freely mixing historical fact with fictionalised biography, this film turns on a fascinating premise: a battle of wits and wills between world-famous escapist and skeptic of all things supernatural Harry Houdini (Pearce) and a Scots con-woman posing as a psychic (Zeta-Jones). Interesting as all that sounds, though, Death Defying Acts is surprisingly dull.

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Death Defying Acts

7 Aug 20082 stars

ROMANCE/THRILLER (12A) 97min Freely mixing historical fact with fictionalised biography, this Brit-Aussie co-production turns on a fascinating premise: a battle of wits and wills between world-famous escapist and sceptic of all things supernatural…

Death Defying Acts

19 Jun 20083 stars

Edinburgh International Film Festival

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