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Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)




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Penn & Teller are magicians who are known for putting on a jet-black, fake blood-soaked comedy magic show. This inky comedy is imbued with their off-beat humor as it chronicles Penn's newest scheme to have a fan try to kill him.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Keith Teller, Penn Jillette
In Theaters:
Warner Bros. Pictures


Leo Cimino
as Ernesto
Christopher Durang
as Jesus Freak
Alan North
as Old Cop
Celia Mcguire
as Officer McNamara
Jon Cryer
as Frat Boy
Bill Randolph
as Floor Director
John Miller
as Steve the bandleader
Ellen Whyte
as Makeup Woman
Ted Neustadt
as Bob the host
Camille Saviola
as Airport Security Gua...
Avanti Taylor
as Little Girl
Madison Arnold
as Slot Player
Jaime Tirelli
as Maitre d'
Joe Milazzo
as Ernesto's Guest
Robert La Sardo
as 1st Mugger
Lum Chang Pang
as Muscular One
Maria Laboy
as Timekeeper
Rob Elk
as Heckler
Nancy Giles
as TV Interviewer
Marilyn Cooper
as Woman in Parking Lot
Patrick Whitney
as Taxi Pusher
Beth Woods
as Screaming Showgirl
Anne Connors
as Laughing Showgirl
Reg E. Cathey
as Fan's Friend
Matthew Penn
as Young Cop
Don Plumley
as Ticket Agent
Peggy Cosgrave
as Ticket Agent
Joseph Amodel
as Ticket Agent
Ben Lin
as Rope Holder
Jimmy Carr
as Rope Holder
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Critic Reviews for Penn & Teller Get Killed

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I honestly have no idea what they were going for here, but they didn't make it.

November 5, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Death becomes them.

January 2, 2004

August 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Penn & Teller Get Killed

Unusual satirical dark humor movie, tense and comic. A rare Arthur Penn's jewel that is little know and misunderstood until these days.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Totally random and all over the place. I'm not going to say I didn't laugh, but I think saying the film is uneven would be an understatement. Worth it just to see Teller talk and for the Downfall-ish ending

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

First of all...I can't believe Arthur Penn committed himself to directing a simply bad film like this. Throughout Penn's career he's been making serious films that was made for the times..."The Left Handed Gun", "The Miracle Worker", "Mickey One", "Bonnie & Clyde", "Alice's Restaurant", "Little Big Man", "Night Moves", "Four Friends". As the 1980's rolled along, Penn made the somewhat disappointing picture called "Dead Of Winter" starring Mary Steenburgen. Penn put all of his energy into making "Penn & Teller Get Killed". Possibly the worst film Penn has ever made in his entire filmmaking career.

The plot is about two idiots named Penn & Teller who are a couple of famous magicians. They both travel and go on these adventures, play embaressing pranks on each other that is suppose to be funny to the audience but they're absolutely not, Penn (the tall one who wears a nail polish on his finger) is a loud mouth who tries way too hard to be comical, Teller is the guy who hardly says a word (until the end) and is just as bad as Penn when it comes to the comical, oh yeah and Penn has a spanish girlfriend named Carlotta (Carlotta from Vertigo?) played by Caitlin Clarke. This film doesn't have the decency to get a real spanish actress to play the role of Carlotta. Well nothing changes as the film progresses...Penn keeps yacking his loud mouth like an annoying school kid and Teller loves playing pranks on Penn. Anyone who actually liked this crap should clearly get their heads re-examined. Arthur Penn I never thought I'd say this but I am very disappointed with you...

It wouldn't be the end...Penn would direct a made for TV picture named "Portrait" starring Gregory Peck and Laura Becall and he started executive produced TV drama's (Law & Order)

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Brian R

Super Reviewer

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