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The Illusionist (1984)

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Release Date:April 17, 1985
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:Freek de Jonge, Jim van der Woude, Catrien Wolthuizen, Gerard Thoolen, Carel Lapere
Director:Jos Stelling
Writer:Jos Stelling, Freek de Jonge

Description: Without a word of dialogue from beginning to end, The Illusionist relies on entrancing photography, a tour-de-force performance by its lead actors, and effective action scenes to keep audiences fascinated by the story of an older brother who is a magician, trying to save his younger brother (Jim Van Der Woude) from a long internment in a mental hospital. The illusionist is an anal-retentive personality, hanging on to the material things for dear life -- but he loves his brother (who has Down Syndrome) and in spite of the restrictions of his puritanical family background, he is determined to rescue him from a life away from home and hearth. This film received the 1983 Netherlands' top national film award.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

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