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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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Peggy Ann Snow
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Ben Greene
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Duke
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Todson
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Cab Driver
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Sadie
Joe Lowry ...
Club M.C.
Beverly Sanders ...
Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ...
Maitre D' (as I. W. Klein)
Stephen P. Hart ...
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>

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A Terrifying Love Story. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Burgess Meredith replaced Laurence Olivier. Olivier was set to play Ben Greene, but had to drop out due to illness. 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. See more »

Quotes

Fats: Stop the Postman!
Corky: How? How? With what?
Fats: Me! Me! Me! Me! Meeee!
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remote Control (1988) 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 Potpourri of Vestiges Review: A haunting work of cinematic art
22 January 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Richard Attenborough's Magic (1978) is an exceptional work of cinema that has so much to offer to the viewer at different levels. It features Anthony Hopkins in the role of a shy ventriloquist named Corky Withers. Corky's act in which he uses a dummy to perform on-stage magic tricks is an instant success. Corky is at height of his fame and probably a single step away from becoming an icon. But, things are not as simple as they appear. Believe it or not, but Corky's dummy Fats has developed a mind of its own! And Corky must learn to control it before it's too late.

Anthony Hopkins, I daresay, delivers the best performance of his life. The role of Hannibal Lecter may have elevated Hopkins to apotheosis but Corky has a sense of vulnerability that makes it appear far more realistic than Lecter. A comparison between Lecter and Corky is inevitable for both the characters lie on the brink of insanity... while the former can control it to a great extent the latter is always at the mercy of his vicious alterego. Magic (1978) is a psychological thriller of the highest quality. And Hopkins' sublime portrayal makes it an experience of a lifetime. Ann-Margret is brilliant in the role of Peggy Ann Snow. Burgess Meredith as Ben Greene virtually steals every scene that he is a part of.

Magic (1978) is indeed magical. And the dream-like combination of two great Englishmen, Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins, makes it possible. A necessary watch!

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