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At the end of the movie, before leaving Angier behind, Cutter told (not exact quotes):

(Cutter) Once I told you a sailor who onced described drowning to me. Remember?

(Angier) Yes you said it was like going home!

(Cutter) I was lying. He said it was agony.

I can understand why Cutter lied (to console Angier for his wife's death) But could not understand why did he need to tell the truth at the end?

Was it because he knew Borden (twin) was going to kill him and that before death Angier must know the truth?

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My interpretation of this was that at the end of the movie Cutter was so disgusted with Angier that he wanted him to suffer. He allowed Borden to gain access to the theater, he knew Borden was going to shoot Angier, and as Angier lay dying he wanted Angier's last thoughts to be about the horrible death his wife endured. You really can't hurt a man more than to let him know his love suffered an agonizing death, and at the hands of the same person who just shot him. There's no one left to seek justice, and neither death will ever be avenged.

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As you say, he told the original story about the sailor to Angier to comfort him after his wife had drowned during the show, in a box very similar to that used by Angier in The Real Teleported Man 'trick'.

It is my interpretation that Cutter was disgusted with the lengths that Angier has gone to prove he was the better magician. It is possible (but in my opinion not certain) that Angier had deliberately framed Borden for his murder - a thought that also probably occurred to Cutter. (Deliberately or not, the secret of how Angier was performing the trick prevented him from ever revealing to the police that Borden was innocent. His secret would be revealed and he would probably have been tried for murder himself.)

Cutter understands now how Angier performed the trick and that 'copies' of him have been drowning every night, copies that are to all intents and purposes Angier himself. Cutter just wanted to tell Angier that he has been dying every night in agony.

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That was my thought, too. He wanted to let him know what to look forward to. –  MyCodeSucks Jan 23 '13 at 14:18
+1 Too sad I cannot answer this anymore now ;) –  Napoleon Wilson Jan 23 '13 at 16:36
@ChristianRau - its funny how we always seem to fight over The Prestige questions. –  iandotkelly Jan 23 '13 at 16:37
@iandotkelly, Don't kick me out of competetion ;) I am also there. Although I have joined later, but I am getting into it slowly :) –  Mistu4u Jan 23 '13 at 16:54
+1 The last sentence was the perfect sum up. Maybe you should add a tl;dr –  KeyBrd Basher Jan 24 '13 at 6:51

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