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The Prestige (2006)
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
Released on: October 20, 2006
Taglines: Are You Watching Closely?
The Prestige (2006) Quotes
Simple maybe, but not easy.
Obsession is a young man's game
You're a magician, not a wizard.
Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts. The first part is called the pledge, the magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called the turn, the magician takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary. But you wouldn't clap yet, because making something disappear isn't enough. You have to bring it BACK. 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 work it out. You want to be fooled.
Ready to meet yourself, Mr Angier?
We both had half of a full life, which was somehow enough for us. But not for them.
It was the greatest magic trick I've ever seen.
My passion is equal to the task.
The man stole my life. I steal his trick.
But here, at the turn, I must leave you Borden. Yes, you, Borden, sitting there in your cell, awaiting your death. For my murder.
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. 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. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."
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 work it out. You want to be fooled.
The key! Where's the bloody key?
He came in to demand an answer and I told him the truth. That I have fought with myself over that night, one half of me swearing blind that I tied a simple slipknot, the other half convinced that I tied the Langford double. I can never know for sure.
Cutter : Could I talk to Lord Caldlow in person?
Owens : Out of the question, I'm afraid. Although I suppose if, in the course of your deliveries, your paths were to cross... I can't help you speaking your mind.
I knew a sailor once, got tangled in the rigging. We pulled him out, but it took him five minutes to cough. He said it was like going home.
Judge : How large do you think this tank was?
Cutter : Eh... 400, 500 gallons, maybe.
Judge : And how do you think he was able to move ta tank of this size?
Cutter : He's the magician. Why don't you ask him?
I came here to beg Lord Caldlow to destroy that machine. I am not going to beg you for anything.
Alfred Borden : Everything's going to be alright, because I love you very much.
Sarah : Say it again.
Alfred Borden : I love you.
Sarah : Not today.
Alfred Borden : What do you mean?
Sarah : Well some days it's not true. Maybe today you're more in love with magic. I like being able to tell the difference, it makes the days it is true mean something.
Alfred Borden : He's a sharp lad, your son.
Sarah : He's my nephew.
Alfred Borden : Oh.
Sarah : I know what you really are, and Alfred, I can't live like this.
Alfred Borden : Oh, you think I can live like this? You think I bloody enjoy living like this? We have a beautiful house, lovely little girl, we're married, what is so wrong with your life?
Nikola Tesla : Mr. Angier, have you considered the cost of such a machine?
Robert Angier : Price is not an object.
Nikola Tesla : Perhaps not, but have you considered the *cost*?
Robert Angier : I'm not sure I follow.
Nikola Tesla : Go home. Forget this thing. I can recognize an obsession, no good will come of it.
Robert Angier : Why, haven't good come of your obsessions?
Nikola Tesla : Well, at first. But I followed them too long. I'm their slave... and one day they'll choose to destroy me.
Robert Angier : If you understand an obsession, then you know you won't change my mind.
Robert Angier : In my travels, I have seen the future... And it is a strange future indeed. The world, ladies and gentleman, is on the brink of new, terrifying possibilities.
Robert Angier : What you are about to witness is not magic. It is purely science. I would like to invite you to come up on stage now so that you can examine the machine for yourselves.
Robert Angier : Man's reach exceeds his imagination!
No one cares about the man in the box, the man who disappears.
You always were the better magician. We both know that. Whatever your secret was, you have to agree, mine is better.
Man's reach exceeds his imagination!
Would I be the man in the box or the prestige?
Olivia Wenscombe : He says that it's even between you.
Robert Angier : Even? My wife for a few of his fingers?
Robert Angier : Where are the wires?
Alley : Exactly.
He lives his act.
Robert Angier : I haven't had a chance yet to compliment you on your beautiful theatre.
Merrit : It'll be a lot more beautiful when it's full, Mr Angier.
Robert Angier : So what's going to be the climax of our show?
Merrit : Show? You don't have a show.
You're not afraid to get your hands dirty anymore, are you?
Robert Angier : He had a new trick today.
Olivia Wenscombe : Was it good?
Robert Angier : It was the most amazing magic trick I've ever seen.
Olivia Wenscombe : I have fallen in love with him, Robert.
Robert Angier : Then I know how hard this has been for you.
Olivia Wenscombe : Why would he trust me?
Robert Angier : Because you're going to tell him the truth.
Officer : Do you have anything to say?
Alfred Borden : Abracadabra.
Alfred Borden : So... we go alone now. Both of us. Only I don't have as far to go as you. Go. You were right, I should have left him to his damn trick. I'm sorry. I'm sorry for a lot of things. I'm sorry about Sarah. I didn't mean to hurt her... I didn't. You go and live your life in full now, all right? You live for both of us.
Fallon : Goodbye.
The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.
Never show anyone. They'll beg you and they'll flatter you for the secret, but as soon as you give it up... you'll be nothing to them.
See, sacrifice, Robert. That's the price of a good trick. But you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
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