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A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

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Paul Stassino ...
Meli
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Anton
Takis Emmanuel ...
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George Pastell ...
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Soula
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Andreas Malandrinos ...
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George Kafkaris ...
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An English teacher arrives on a sleepy Greek island to take up a vacant teaching post. The last man to hold the post committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. Slowly but surely, he is drawn into a bizarre game engineered by a reclusive local magician. The deeper into the game he is drawn, the more he senses danger... yet cannot seem to untangle himself from the fascinating and compelling influence that the game is having on his mind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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The Magus
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Agreeably, The Magus was confusing and many critics hated it. However, very few novels can be condensed into a movie with all of the novel's major details. I do feel the movie captured the 'feel' of John Fowles book. It was mysterious, beautiful Greek Isle scenery and a great cast, especially a young and sexy Candice Bergen. I found it to be an excellent cautionary tale. When the movie was released, I was a young college student aspiring to become a high school teacher. This created a strong sense of identity within me for the Michael Caine character, and his punishment for bad behavior and later redemption. Warning, watching The Magus on TV is a waste because of commercial interruptions and the editing massacred the script's flow, leaving a very confusing plot. Unfortunately, I do not think the flick is available on DVD?

Postscript: Good news. Cinema Classics Collection is schedule to release The Magus DVD on October 17, 2006. Hopefully it will be an unedited release version?


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