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The Great Buck Howard

The Great Buck Howard

USA, 2008, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Coming of Age, Family Friendly, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Slapstick
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Sean McGinly
Producer: Tom Hanks
Editor: Myron I. Kerstein
Screenwriter: Sean McGinly
Cinematographer: Tak Fujimoto
Principal Cast: John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Ricky Jay, B. J. Hendricks, Jacquie Barnbrook, Emily Blunt
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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35mm presentation - Once upon a time, Buck Howard (John Malkovich) spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire—not to be confused with those of a mere magician—earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. But nowadays he performs in faded community centers and hasn't sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a hearty handshake and a trademark "I love this town!," Buck Howard perseveres, convinced his comeback is imminent. He just needs a new road manager and personal assistant. As it turns out, recent law school drop-out and unemployed, would-be writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable, especially to his father (Tom Hanks), who still assumes Troy is in law school. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt) and a bold stroke of fate, Buck surprisingly lands back into the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life.

Sponsor:

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

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