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Young Harry Houdini 

This biographical movie depicts the youth of the magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926). As a boy his name was Eric Weiss and his father wanted him to become a locksmith. But he ran away and ... See full summary »

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James Orr
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wil Wheaton ... Ehrich Weiss / Young Harry Houdini
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Adult Harry Houdini
Kerri Green ... Calpernia
Barry Corbin ... Elmore
Roy Dotrice ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
J. Reuben Silverbird J. Reuben Silverbird ... John Parker
Rossie Harris ... Theo (as Ross Harris)
José Ferrer ... Dr. Tybalt Grimaldi (as Jose Ferrer)
Phil Brock ... Wesley
Michael Alldredge ... Yardbull
Sean McClory ... Sean O'Casey (as Seán McClory)
Lee de Broux ... Marshall
Rita Zohar ... Mrs. Weiss
J.C. Quinn ... Slats
Mike Pniewski ... Large Miner (as Michael Pniewski)
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This biographical movie depicts the youth of the magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926). As a boy his name was Eric Weiss and his father wanted him to become a locksmith. But he ran away and joined the traveling show of Dr. Grimaldi, where he learned the tricks of a magician and a little mystery from his Indian assistant, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Jugend des Magiers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A magical tv film
7 January 2002 | by bradmagicSee all my reviews

I have had a chance of watching this film very recently. I was very happy to view it.

The film has good acting. A young Will Wheaton appears as the young Harry Houdini. Mr. Wheaton's acting skills are new, and not yet experienced. The rest of the cast make the film wonderful.

Using locations on the old Disney backlot, and at Golden Oak Ranch, we are transported to the late 19th Century. We view the struggle that Houdini had with his father. His father did not want him to be a magician.

I didn't like the ending! It's just not right. There could have been another way to end it.

Otherwise, a good film.


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