Death Defying Acts (2007) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
5.8/ 10 (6010 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for some sensuality, thematic material, language, violent content and smoking

Production Company
Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC) [au]
BBC Films [gb]
Cinemakers [de]
Film Finance [au]
Macgowan Films [au] - (in association with) (as Macgowan Lupovitz Nasatir Films)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 13 September 2007
(Germany) - 10 February 2008
(Australia) - 10 March 2008
(Australia) - 13 March 2008
(Israel) - 20 March 2008

Running Time

There is no escape. Love is inescapable. Magic Is Inescapable

1920s, angel, appendix, asking-for-forgiveness, assault, backstage, balcony, bathroom, blindfold, blindfolded-orchestra, blood, boat, box-office-flop, boxer, breaking-and-entering, camera, candied-apple, capture, castle, cemetery, chains, channeling, charlatan, chest, church,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision E-Series and Hylén Lenses
LAB:Atlab Film Laboratory Service, Sydney, Australia
LAB:DeLuxe, London, UK
MET:2642 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Arthur, Rod as [Police Chief] <34>
  2. Bailey, Jack (III) as [Redhaired Pilot] <39>
  3. Brown, Aaron (XI) as [Sugarman's Assistant] <23>
  4. Carter, Mark (IX) as [Reporter #1] <19>
  5. Cotcher, Tom as [Boxer's Manager] <16>
  6. Crawford, MacKay as [Psychic Reporter] <20>
  7. Curry, Graham as (uncredited) [Locksman]
  8. David, Alan (VIII) as [Professor] <35>
  9. Dean, Richard (XII) as [Angel with Red Hair] <33>
  10. Fiddy, James as (uncredited) [American Assistant]
  11. Fisher, Martin (V) as [Concierge] <24>
  12. Flagg, Justin as [Montreal Student] <40>
  13. Frost, Tim (III) as [Tap Dancer] <27>
  14. Graham, Campbell as [Reporter #3] <38>
  15. Grant, Che as [Montreal Student]
  16. Griffiths, Raymond as [Music Hall Dwarf] <14>
  17. Grunert, Paul as [Hotel Manager] <21>
  18. Holmes, James (III) as [Ugly Mug] <11>
  19. Jupp, Miles as [Ventriloquist] <26>
  20. Lately, Steve as (uncredited) [Tartan Tammy]
  21. Mason, Shaun (I) as [Heckler] <15>
  22. McColl, Billy as [McTavish] <10>
  23. McKail, David as [Maitre'D] <30>
  24. McKnight, Graeme as [Bellboy] <22>
  25. O Donnell, Anthony as [Oily Librarian] <9>
  26. Pearce, Guy (I) as [Harry Houdini] <1>
  27. Phillips, Dodger as [Reporter #2] <37>
  28. Riach, Ralph as [Mr. Robertson] <7>
  29. Shields, Malcolm as [Leith Romeo] <5>
  30. Silver, Leonard (I) as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  31. Spall, Timothy as [Sugarman] <3>
  32. Warman, John as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  33. Wilson, Chris (XXIX) as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  34. Alexander, Maev as [Autograph Hound] <31>
  35. Cummins, Joanne as [Houdini Fan #1] <17>
  36. Darnley, Olivia as [Flower Stall Seller] <8>
  37. Harper, Leni as [Leith Romeo's wife] <6>
  38. Harris, Melanie (IV) as (as Frankey Martyn) [Rose] <12>
  39. Hilton, Lorraine as [Professor's Assistant] <36>
  40. Humphries, Emma as [Chambermaid] <25>
  41. Lombardo, Silvia (I) as (uncredited) [Usherette]
  42. Mackie, Cloe as [Psychic Twin One] <28>
  43. Mackie, Holly as [Psychic Twin Two] <29>
  44. O Gorman, Aileen as [Effie - Elderly Seamstress] <13>
  45. Robb, Carol as [Houdini Fan #2] <18>
  46. Ronan, Saoirse as [Benji McGarvie] <4>
  47. Rose, Pam as (uncredited) [Old lady]
  48. Zeta-Jones, Catherine as [Mary McGarvie] <2>


  1. Drama
  2. Romance
  3. Thriller

Full Plot

During Harry Houdini's tour of Britain in 1926, the master escapologist enters into a passionate affair with a Scottish psychic. The psychic and her daughter attempt to con Houdini during a highly publicized séance to contact his mother whose death has haunted him for many years. However all does not go to plan... Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 20,000,000 CP: © 2007 Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, UK Film Council, The New South Wales Film and Television Office, Macgowan Lupovitz Nasatir Films Pty Ltd, Zephyr Films Houdini Limited GR: USD 3,561 (USA) (13 July 2008) OW: USD 3,561 (USA) (13 July 2008) (2 screens) SD: 9 September 2006 - ? WG: USD 3,561 (USA) (13 July 2008) (2 screens)

Movie Certificate

PG (Canada)
PG (Ireland)
15 (South Korea)
PG (Singapore)
PG (New Zealand)
K-7 (Finland)
IIA (Hong Kong)
13 (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
12 (Netherlands)
PG-13 (Philippines)(MTRCB)
B (Mexico)
14 (Peru)
M/12 (Portugal)

Music Composers

  1. Skubiszewski, Cezary


  1. Zambarloukos, Haris (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Buxton, Susannah
  2. Greenwood, Jane (I) (uncredited)


Alfa Films [ar] - (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Ascot Elite Home Entertainment [de] - (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
Audio Visual Entertainment [gr] - (2008) (Greece) (DVD)
Audiovisual [gr] - (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
Becker Entertainment [au] - (2007) (Australia) (theatrical)
DeA Planeta Home Entertainment [es] - (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
DeA Planeta Home Entertainment [es] - (2008) (Spain) (DVD)
Dendy Films [au] - (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
Eagle Pictures [it] - (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
Equinoxe [fr] - (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
Genius Products [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD)
Golden Village Entertainment [sg] - (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Gussi Artecinema [mx] - (2008) (Mexico) (theatrical)
Imagem Filmes [br] - (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical)
Korea Screen [kr] - (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
LNK Filmes [pt] - (2008) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Ledafilms [ar] - (2008) (Mexico) (TV)
Lionsgate [gb] - (2007) (UK) (theatrical)
MG Film [hr] - (2007) (Croatia) (all media)
Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution [fi] - (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
Nordisk Film [se] - (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Pyramid [ru] - (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
Shapira Films [il] - (2008) (Israel) (theatrical)
Third Rail Releasing [us] - (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) [ar] - (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
Viva International Pictures [ph] - (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
Weinstein Company, The [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Beauman, Nicholas


  1. Antoniades, Reno (legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson)
  2. Atlee, Geraldine (legal and business affairs: BBC Films)
  3. Baquero, Isabel (assistant choreographer)
  4. Barlow, Joe (II) (floor runner)
  5. Barr, Libbie (script supervisor)
  6. Bass, Natalie (legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson)
  7. Batters, Suzie (production assistant) (as Susie Batters)
  8. Bennetts, Belinda (title designer)
  9. Bingham, Dave (II) (psychic consultant)
  10. Boothby, Peter (production runner: dailies) (uncredited)
  11. Brogan, Kerry (production and finance coordinator: BBC Films)
  12. Butterworth, Sandra (voice and dialect coach)
  13. Cairns, Neil (I) (production accountant)
  14. Cameron Brown, Jo (adr voice) (uncredited)
  15. Caplan, Sally (head of production fund: UK Film Council)
  16. Carey, Luke (assistant to producer)
  17. Carman, Charlie (script consultant) (uncredited)
  18. Clark-Hall, Mike (production assistant)
  19. Crichton, Miglet (location scout: second unit, Edinburgh)
  20. Crooke, Tom (location scout)
  21. Cullum, Chris (health & safety officer)
  22. Côté, Jennifer (assistant: Ms. Zerta-Jones)
  23. Davie, Emma (I) (unit publicist)
  24. Diver, Brendan (caterer: second unit, Edinburgh)
  25. Doyle, Dan (II) (development finance)
  26. Evans, Will (III) (head of business affairs: UK Film Council)
  27. Foster, Hollie (I) (assistant coordinator)
  28. Gardiner, Andy (III) (runner: second unit, Edinburgh)
  29. Gavin, Jamie (runner: second unit, Edinburgh)
  30. Gibson, Jane (II) (choreographer)
  31. Gogarty, Lesley (crowd coordinator)
  32. Hall, Naomi J. (researcher: film and stills)
  33. Haveland, Sam (stand-in: Mr. Pearce)
  34. Hills, Leslie (researcher: edinburgh)
  35. Hills, Stephanie (assistant researcher: Edinburgh)
  36. Hodgson, Alexander (assistant to director: UK)
  37. Holden, Vince (I) (head of production finance: UK Film Council)
  38. Jefferies, Polly (production coordinator)
  39. Jones, Matt (VIII) (location assistant: second unit, Ediunburgh)
  40. Joseph, Lawrence (II) (assistant accountant)
  41. Kelly, Christopher (X) (assistant to director: Australia)
  42. Liang, Zoe (daily floor runner) (uncredited)
  43. Lloyd, Aisling (stand-in: Ms. Zeta-Jones)
  44. Lousberg, J.J. (production executive: UK Film Council)
  45. Mascall, Stephen (caterer)
  46. Maxwell Davis, Joy (unit medic) (as Joy Maxwell-Davis)
  47. McBride, Jacqui (assistant accountant)
  48. McGurn, Patrick (runner: second unit, Edinburgh)
  49. Menzies, Bryce (I) (legal services: Australia, Marshalls and Dent)
  50. Meyer, Kate (II) (post production accountant: Moneypenny Services)
  51. Noakes, Clive (senior client contact)
  52. Penrose, Scott (magic consultant)
  53. Pilbrow, Natasha (legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson)
  54. Reader, Rozza (chef) (as Rozza)
  55. Riddell, Angela (runner: second unit, Edinburgh)
  56. Rigarlsford, Terry (cast security)
  57. Roberts, Martin (VI) (location assistant)
  58. Robinson, Ian (I) (feature sales manager)
  59. Roman, Monica (chaperone: Miss Ronan)
  60. Rutter, Stephen (travel manager)
  61. Sananes, Isaac (assistant accountant)
  62. Siedler, Cole (caterer)
  63. Simpson, Charlie (II) (location unit manager)
  64. Smith, Nathan (VII) (laboratory liaison)
  65. Soane, Andy (caterer)
  66. Soans, Jane (location manager)
  67. Stewart, Jo (I) (post-production script)
  68. Stone, Lee (VI) (legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson)
  69. Swiatek, Stef (unit nurse: second unit, Edinburgh)
  70. Thomas, Alistair (II) (facilities: second unit, Edinburgh)
  71. Thomson, Cindy (location manager: second unit, Edinburgh)
  72. Thurlow, Jane (tutor: Miss Ronan)
  73. Widdup, Vanessa (stand-in: Miss Ronan)
  74. Wood, Michael (II) (production executive: BBC Films)
  75. Wright, Charlotte (I) (assistant location manager)

Other Titles

  1. Death Defying Acts: Houdini's Secret (2008) (ENG)
    (USA) (DVD box title)

  2. Houdini - L'ultimo mago (2009) (ENG)

  3. Tödliche Magie - Death Defying Acts (2009) (ENG)
    (Germany) (DVD title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  2. Charing Cross, London, England, UK
  3. Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK - (soundstages)
  4. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  5. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  6. Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - (Salisbury Crags)
  7. Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London, England, UK
  8. RAF Halton, Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  9. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, England, UK
  10. Tower Hill, London, England, UK
  11. Underwater Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (underwater sequences)
  12. University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London, England, UK