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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Wells (2014)

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Wells poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,528Details
International Box Office $4,977Details
Worldwide Box Office $20,505
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The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles’s career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 13,701-13,800) 13,728 $15,528
All Time International Box Office (Rank 11,501-11,600) 11,517 $4,977
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 18,301-18,400) 18,302 $20,505
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 6,101-6,200) 6,148 $15,528

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 10th, 2014 (Limited) by Cohen Media Group
International Releases: July 3rd, 2015 (Limited), released as Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (United Kingdom)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language, some suggestive images/nudity and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2348, 11/12/2014)
Running Time: 94 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Movie Business, Film Actor
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Cohen Media Group
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Orson Welles    Himself


Simon Callow    Himself
Christopher Welles Feder    Himself
Norman Lloyd    Himself
Julie Taymor    Herself
Peter Bogdanovich    Himself
William Friedkin    Himself
Elvis Mitchell    Himself
Jonathan Rosenbaum    Himself
Henry Jaglom    Himself

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Charles S. Cohen    Producer
Alice Henty    Co-Producer
Chuck Workman    Editor
John Sharaf    Cinematographer
Tom Hurwitz    Cinematographer
Michael Lisnet    Cinematographer
Patty Sharaf    Sound Mixer
Freddie Clare    Sound Mixer
Tom Bergin    Sound Mixer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/12/12 58 $7,130   2 $3,565   $9,762 1
2014/12/19 68 $1,664 -77% 1 $1,664   $15,528 2

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/12/12 61 $11,232   2 $5,616   $13,864 2

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 7/3/2015 $4,977 13 13 13 $4,977 9/28/2015
International Total$4,977 9/28/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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