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The Sorcerer's Apprentice [2010] (1 disc)

Director:Jon Turteltaub
Writer:Carlo Bernard
Doug Miro
Matt Lopez
Composer:Trevor Rabin
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:41%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana le Fey.

Reaction: Could use more development, but it's fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Jon Turteltaub => Director
Carlo Bernard => Writer
Doug Miro => Writer
Matt Lopez => Writer
Trevor Rabin => Composer
Adriane Lenox => Ms. Algar
Alfred Molina => Horvath
Alice Krige => Morgana
Ethan Peck => Andre
Gregory Woo => Sun-Lok
Ian McShane => Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jake Cherry => Young Dave
James A. Stephens => Merlin
Jason R. Moore => Subway Mugger (as Jason Moore)
Jay Baruchel => Dave
Jian Leonardo => Sun Roc (uncredited)
Joe Lisi => Police Captain
Manish Dayal => NYU Clerk (as Manish Patel)
Marika Daciuk => Russian Woman
Monica Bellucci => Veronica
Nicolas Cage => Balthazar
Nicole Ehinger => Abigail Williams
Omar Benson Miller => Bennet
Oscar A. Colon => Fry Cook
Parisa Fitz-Henley => Bennet's Girlfriend
Peyton List => Young Becky (as Peyton Roi List)
Robert Capron => Young Dave's Pal (as Robert B. Capron)
Sándor Técsy => Russian Man (as Sandor Tecsy)
Teresa Palmer => Becky
Toby Kebbell => Drake Stone
Victor Cruz => Auto Impound Clerk
Wai Ching Ho => Chinese Woman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Two posters in Drake Stone's apartment are actually advertisements for the "Magic: the Gathering" card game - the game's logo appears above paintings of Drake, as if it was the title of his magic act.
  • The Chinatown sequence took 5 months to plan. Half a ton of confetti was used in this sequence.
  • One of the people that Horvath summons is Abigail Williams. At age 12, Williams was the first person to make the accusation of witchcraft in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. This led to the Salem witch trials and the deaths of at least 20 people. There is no definite evidence of what happened to Williams after the trials ended.
  • Real wolves were used in the scene where they chase Dave down the street. However, they were overwhelmingly tame and affectionate creatures so track points were painted on their faces so that the CG artists could animate a more scary face onto them.
  • The song that David plays with the Tesla's rays is [?] Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". The second longer song is OneRepublic's "Secrets".
  • The idea for the film was largely Nicolas Cage's as he wanted to explore a mystic world with a magical character.
  • Balthazar says that humans use only 10% of their brains. This is actually a common misconception that has no scientific basis; humans use all areas of their brains, just at different times.
  • Dave's Tesla coil lightning bolts may have been special effects, but they accurately depict the giant electrical sparks capable of being generated by a Tesla coil of that size.
  • The Incantus - the sorcerer's Bible - took 3 months to be put together and was deliberately aged to resemble a tome from centuries back.
  • Although the film, as its title shows, is ultimately based on [?] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous German poem Der Zauberlehrling from 1797 (which inspired the piece of music by [?] Paul Dukas from 1897, also briefly heard here, which in turn was used in the adaptation in Fantasia starring Mickey Mouse), the German version completely missed this connection, translating the title instead as Duell der Zauberer (Duel of the Sorcerers).
  • In the bathroom scene, Balthazar uses the Hungarian Mirror trick against Maxim Horvath. Horvath's last name is a typical Hungarian surname. It means "Croatian".
  • The 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom that was used in the film is a one of a kind and actually belongs to Nicolas Cage. The filmmakers were trying to find a really cool classic car and Cage offered it as an option to use.