The Illusionist

December 25th 2010
  • Animated,
  • PG,
  • 90 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Jil Aigrot, Didier Gustin, Frédéric Lebon, Tom Urie
  • Director: Sylvain Chomet
  • Writers: Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet
  • Producers: Sally Chomet, Bob Last
  • Executive Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Jake Eberts, Jinko Gotoh
  • Art Direction: Bjarne Hansen
  • Music: Sylvain Chomet


The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder in the late 1950s, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafes. Then, while performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever. Watching his performance for the excited villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity on their remote island, Alice is awestruck by his show and believes his tricks are real magic.

Though they don enthusiasm for his act, The Illusionist rewards Alice with increasingly lavish gifts he has 'conjured' into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist and that he pretend. Untangled from his own web of deceit, he resumes his life as a much wiser man.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements and smoking
  • Production Budget: £11 million
  • Production Companies: Django Films Illusionist, Ciné B, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma

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The film is based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati. Tati himself appears in animated form.

The setting was changed from Prague to Edinburgh where Chomet lives and has his animation studio.

The pawnbroker's shop is called "Brown and Blair", a clear reference to the last two Labour Prime Ministers of the UK.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 June 2010: France
  • 22 July 2010: Netherlands
  • 20 August 2010: UK
  • 29 October 2010: Turkey
  • 5 November 2010: Lithuania
  • 26 November 2010: Poland
  • 3 December 2010: Italy