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.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Penn Jillette
as Himself
as Himself
Caitlin Clarke
as Carlotta
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 Guard
Gwen Shepherd
as Mother
Avanti Taylor
as Little Girl
Madison Arnold
as Slot Player
Jaime Tirelli
as Maitre d'
Millie Tirelli
as Waitress
Joe Milazzo
as Ernesto's Guest
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
Tudor Sherrard
as Frat Boy
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
Tom Sizemore
as Mugger
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Critic Reviews for Penn & Teller Get Killed

All Critics (7)

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

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August 11, 2005

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April 9, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

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September 3, 2003
Aisle Seat

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February 5, 2003
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Audience Reviews for Penn & Teller Get Killed

The whole thing is kind of like an elaborate Penn and Teller trick - "And as you can see, what appeared at first to be an ordinary movie that makes sense, has now become ... this." The ending's kind of worth it all, though.

Alan Van Dyke
Alan Van Dyke

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)

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer

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

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