In The Prestige, Angier & Cutter take Fallon prisoner and bury him in a coffin, as hostage for Borden's secret. Borden comes and hands over the key to the diary, then digs out Fallon. Which one of them is it?

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    I find your question a little confusing. You're asking which of the two Bordens was in the coffin? But...how would you distinguish them from each other? I'm not entirely sure what answer you expect other than that one of the two Bordens was in the coffin, which judging by your last sentence you already know. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 23 '19 at 2:45
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    There is no way, their only defining difference was the lovers and how / why you would be able to track which one the identical characters happened to end up buried.... :-/ – Stephen Francis Feb 23 '19 at 7:30
  • Yes, that's my question. Is it the smart one (who loves Olivia), or the nice one (who loves Sarah)? – JimZipCode Mar 5 '19 at 15:30
  • I would need to rewatch to see if what this person is suggesting lines up, but this forum post does try to differentiate the two and does discuss whom they think is in coffin: nolanfans.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4623 – Darth Locke Jul 3 '19 at 0:15
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    @DarthLocke interesting discussion but the argument looks like bs, the user claims that one of the twins was useless. That's not what we get from the movie, they were equally performer and ingenieur, taking turns at everything. – Luciano Jul 4 '19 at 10:58

There is no way to know, it was never shown in the movie and there are no clues to help with that.

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    I agree. The premise is that the Borden twins are indistinguishable from one another. They don't have distinct identities, each twin is 50% Borden and 50% Fallon. The one thing different between them is who they love, and that's not part of the scene in question so it can't be used for identification. – Flater Jul 4 '19 at 9:04
  • @Flater That's just not true. The twin who loved Olivia is brasher, more pugnacious. The twin who loved Sarah is warmer, softer. Sarah could tell them apart, and she didn't even know the secret. – JimZipCode Dec 11 '19 at 20:33
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    @JimZipCode perhaps, but none of that is shown to the viewer in a way that helps distinguishing who was in the coffin. – Luciano Dec 12 '19 at 9:37

I had the same question. I'm not 100% sure, but I remember watching the movie and thinking that the angry twin was Borden when Fallon got put into the coffin but then afterwards at the dinner it seems like the angry twin is extra angry because he just got out of the coffin. I might have missed something but it seemed like a mistake maybe. I think i can tell the twins apart pretty accurately, Bale's performances are great and different for alfie and freddy.

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