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Magic (1978)

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

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(screenplay), (based on his novel)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Corky / Fats (voice)
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Merlin
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Todson
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Joe Lowry ...
Club M.C.
Beverly Sanders ...
Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ...
Maitre D' (as I. W. Klein)
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Captain (as Stephen Hart)
Patrick McCullough ...
Doorman
Robert Hackman ...
Father (as Bob Hackman)
Mary Munday ...
Mother
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Storyline

Magician's assistant Corky performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy called Fats to improve his act and within a few years Corky is at the height of fame. However, Fats has developed a mind of his own and wants to control his master. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto chango, and now he is me. Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun; we're dead. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magia  »

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tagline, that Corky (Sir Anthony Hopkins) billed his dummy Fats, was as "the first X-rated dummy". See more »

Goofs

Ben Greene comments that the IQ of his three "genius lawyers" must "total up to 100." Given the average IQ of a person is 100, this actually doesn't say much for three lawyers. However, Ben is obviously not being sincere in saying any of the lawyers are "genius", and his statement is not him making a mistake but a pretty vicious insult about how he thinks they're idiots. See more »

Quotes

Fats: They'll put you somewhere dark and mooo-dy...
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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Hauntingly unforgettable.
3 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Hopkins doesnt seem to mention Magic much. While it isnt the fastest pace movie around,it is creepy,thoroughly well acted,and I dare you to find a movie with better use of a harmonica/accordian in its soundtrack. But my all-time favorite thing about Magic is the puppet- "Fats". A truly overlooked classic character. FACT: Fats was designed by Disney employees,but Disney didnt want to be associated with such a dark film. Also,the films Production Designer went on to win several Oscars.


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