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Certificate PG
Guy Pearce
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Timothy Spall
Saoirse Ronan
Gillian Armstrong
Running Time
96 minutes

Death Defying Acts

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Death Defying Acts

Edinburgh, 1926. Mary McGarvie (Zeta-Jones) scrapes a living posing as a psychic with the help of her young daughter Benji (Ronan). When escapologist Harry Houdini (Pearce) arrives in town, Mary accepts his challenge to prove her abilities by proclaiming his mother’s dying words. She tries to guess them while growing closer to Houdini.

Despite the confused tone and underwhelming romance, this pretty little picture entertains in the main thanks to the intriguing subject matter and top turns from Zeta-Jones and Ronan.

Reviewed by Anna Smith

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