The Prestige - Plot Segmentation
C. Credit title.
1. The Pledge. a. Borden’s workshop. i. Mr. Cutter picks up a bird and shows Jess. b. The Great Danton.
i. The theater curtain rises revealing a massive electrical machine on stage with Angier. ii. Borden and other members of the audience inspect the machine. iii. Borden goes backstage. iv. Angier takes off his jacket in preparation for the trick.
v. Borden runs downstairs below the stage and sees a blind man sitting guard.
2. The Turn. a. Borden’s workshop. i. Mr. Cutter puts the bird in a cage. b. The Great Danton. i. Angier turns to face the machine. ii. Borden sees a water tank below the center of the stage. c. Borden’s workshop. i. Mr. Cutter covers the bird cage with a cloth. d. The Great Danton. i. Angier walks into the machine as it shoots bolts of electricity at him. e. Borden’s workshop. i. Mr. Cutter crushes the cage with his hand. f. The Great Danton.
i. Angier stands in the center of the machine as several bolts of electricity strike him. g. Borden’s workshop. i. Jess watches, waiting for the prestige. h. The Great Danton.
i. Borden watches as Angier falls through the trap door, into the water tank that locks behind him. i. Borden’s workshop.
i. Mr. Cutter pulls the cloth away to show that both the bird and the cage have vanished. ii. Jess continues to watch, waiting for the prestige. j. The Great Danton. i. The audience looks around waiting for the prestige.
3. The Prestige. a. Borden’s workshop. i. Mr. Cutter brings up his other hand holding the bird. ii. Jess smiles and claps as the bird flies out of Mr. Cutter’s hand. b. The Great Danton. i. The audience still waits, looking all around for the prestige. ii. Borden walks up to the water tank and Angier starts to bang on the glass, screaming for help.
4. Courtroom. a. Mr. Cutter is questioned about the trick and what happened that