Death Defying Acts (2007)

Director
Gillian Armstrong

Main cast
Catherine Zeta-Jones; Guy Pearce; Timothy Spall; Saoirse Ronan; Malcolm Shields

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.


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