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An Honest Liar (2014)

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The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Randi ... Himself - Magician
Deyvi Peña Deyvi Peña ... Himself - Artist (as Jose Alvarez)
Penn Jillette ... Himself - Magician (as Penn)
Teller ... Himself - Magician
Jamy Ian Swiss Jamy Ian Swiss ... Himself - Magician & Author
Richard Wiseman Richard Wiseman ... Himself - Magician & Psychologist (as Prof. Richard Wiseman)
Ray Hyman Ray Hyman ... Himself - Experimental Psychologist
Adam Savage ... Himself - Mythbusters
Alice Cooper ... Himself - Rock Star
Banachek Banachek ... Himself - Mentalist (as Steve Shaw)
Alexander Jason Alexander Jason ... Himself - Surveillance Expert (as Alec Jason)
Bill Nye ... Himself - The Science Guy
Michael Shermer ... Himself - Publisher, Skeptic Magazine
Michael Edwards Michael Edwards ... Himself - Project Alpha Psychic
Uri Geller ... Himself - Purported Psychic
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Storyline

AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,821, 8 March 2015

Gross USA:

$180,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,590
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Runtime:

| (TV) (2016)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

At the end of the credits, a disclaimer comes up: "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film". See more »

Quotes

Uri Geller: In entertainment there is a kind of acceptability to deceive, its like when there two Picasso paintings on the wall, one is a fake and the other one is real, but they look the same. There is no harm in that. At the end of the day, there is nothing to reveal, because of what I do is real.
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Crazy Credits

Before the final copyright in the end credits it states, "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film." See more »

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Features The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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James Randi Gets His Due
8 July 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

We have some great classic footage, though some is a bit fuzzy by modern standards. The well-known debate with Uri Geller is here, but also a pretty thorough section on Peter Popoff, whose story I did not know about. It is sad to know that these guys get debunked and keep on going.

The film also focuses on Randi's relationship with his boyfriend of twenty-five years, José Alvarez, who at the time of filming, had been discovered to be living under a false identity, calling into question "whether Randi was the deceiver or the deceived." This is quite a fascinating twist, as the great debunker turns out to have been sharing his life with the greatest con of all.


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