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Magic (1978)

R  |   |  Horror  |  8 November 1978 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Corky Withers / Fats (voice)
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Peggy Ann Snow
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Ben Greene
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Duke
E.J. André ...
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Cab Ddriver
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Todson
Lillian Randolph ...
Sadie
Joe Lowry ...
Club M.C.
Robert Hackman ...
Father (as Bob Hackman)
Mary Munday ...
Mother
Brad Beesley ...
Scott Garrett ...
Corky's Brother
Beverly Sanders ...
Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ...
Maitre d'hotel
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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>

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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 »

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Horror

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8 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magia  »

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Trivia

Film critic Gene Siskel ranked the movie at the No. #9 spot on his Ten Best Films of the Year list for 1978. See more »

Goofs

Members of the crew are reflected in the cabin window when Corky gets his jacket before going out in the boat with Duke. See more »

Quotes

Fats: Fasten your seatbelts, everybody. It's going to be a bumpy night.
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

References A Star Is Born (1937) 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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A forgotten classic
18 May 2003 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

I have passed on this film several times in the past, and people told me it was better than I thought, so I gave it a try. I was amazed how great it was, Anthony Hopkins has never had a character with more energy, this was before he started playing rather boring characters. Although the film does have some plot holes, and there are some unintentional laughs(especially the death of Ben Greene, I couldnt keep a straight face), but Anthony Hopkins is so good he overpowers all of the weaknesses of the film. The film made over 40 million dollars at the time of release, and thats quite a lot for 1978, Im surprised the rating isnt higher, and that it doesnt have more votes. My rating: 7.5 out of 10.


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