- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 15, 2009
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
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Description by OLDIES.com:
The "bad boys of magic" go over the edge in this mind-blowing, role-switching comedy murder mystery set in the dizzying world of Altlantic City casinos. In a TV interview, Penn mentions his idea of a fun practical joke: "I wish someone were trying to kill me. It would give focus to my life, excitement. I'd be like James Bond." Twenty-million people hear him. One decides to deliver a punchline he'll never forget. Made by people who thought Psycho was a comedy, Penn & Teller Get Killed (they also wrote the piece) features Caitlin Clarke as the femme fatale and David Patrick Kelly as the Edgar Allan Poe-esque nutcase with a new mission. Arthur Penn, known for hip masterpieces like Bonnie and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant and Little Big Man, directs with roller-coaster pacing and subversive intelligence.
PENN & TELLER GET KILLED is the first fiction film from the well-known magician duo. It all starts during a talk-show appearance when Penn remarks how really exciting life would be if someone were trying to kill him. Someone apparently takes him seriously, and Penn and Teller must apprehend the would-be killer while surviving the endless practical jokes they play on each other along the way.
Magic and murder mix in this clever tale about a serial killer who starts stalking avant-garde magicians Penn and Teller when Teller states on national television that it would be fun to have a killer try to kill him. PENN & TELLER GET KILLED takes the viewer on a crazy ride of practical jokes, constantly twisting plot lines, and a bevy of weirdo characters. Penn and Teller play constant practical jokes on one another and the people who surround them until it is impossible to determine exactly what is real and what is not. Things are just as one would expect in the world of Penn and Teller: unexpected. There is even a surprise that fans of Penn and his ever-silent partner Teller will almost certainly enjoy and definitely never forget. PENN & TELLER GET KILLED is one of the many smaller-budget independent films Arthur Penn turned to making after leaving Hollywood. It retains Penn's knack for great performances, flowing plot movement, and down-to-earth style.
- Looking high and low for a director to help them with the script and who wasn't going to slap his or her own vision onto their work, Penn and Teller settled on Arthur Penn when he told them that the solution was simply to "work until it all felt right." They knew he was their man.
- "One should never go on national TV and beg psychopaths to kill one."--Penn Jillette (Penn)