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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 ...
Kapetan
George Pastell ...
Andreas
Danièle Noël ...
Soula
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German Officer
Ethel Farrugia ...
Maria
Andreas Malandrinos ...
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George Kafkaris ...
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Anthony Newlands ...
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Stack Constantino ...
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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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A critical and commercial disaster, John Fowles laid most of the blame at the feet of director Guy Green (despite Fowles having penned the screenplay himself). Fowles vowed never to write another screenplay after this. The only subsequent adaptation of any of his works was Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) which was adapted by Harold Pinter. See more »

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Not very good, but not as bad as critics led us to believe.
21 February 2002 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

This movie received a critical mauling. Even the celebrities hated it, one of them (possibly Woody Allen) saying that if he had to live his life again he would do everything the same except he wouldn't go to see The Magus! However, I don't think it is that bad. It certainly isn't particularly good, but it carries a certain fascination in the way that it unpeels a multi-layered plot in a gleefully playful way. The main shortcoming is that some plot points are dealt with unclearly, making it a bit tricky to figure out exactly what is going on. The ending in particular seems to be a bit confusing. However, on the plus side, there are some powerful visuals. There are also strong leading performances from Michael Caine and Anthony Quinn, as well as a memorable turn from Anna Karina as one of Caine's ex-lovers. Candice Bergen gives a terrible performance, but perhaps the character she is given to work with was unplayable anyway. Don't listen to the critics. See this one for yourself and judge it on your own terms.


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