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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.


(screenplay), (based on his novel)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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


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 »


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magia  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of two 1978 films featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins. The other movie was International Velvet (1978). See more »


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 »


Corky: [answering the phone] Hello?
Ben Greene: I've been having meetings for hours. I couldn't budge 'em, Cork.
Corky: I thought you said they wanted me?
Ben Greene: Well they do, Cork, but...
Corky: [raising voice] Didn't you explain about the principle?
Ben Greene: Now kid, this is network policy, it's legal policy. Now I'm sitting here with three of our genius lawyers. Their IQ's alone must total up to 100. Now we have called NBC a dozen times, and they are not, I repeat not, about to spend a half a million bucks only to find out on taping day that...
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »


Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »


Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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Anthony Hopkins/William Goldman Horror Feast
26 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

The best meals and the best movies have this in common: they're filling. Hungry? Watch Magic. Goldman's intensely suspenseful, spooky novel shows up intact on the screen, featuring Mr Hopkins in the psychotic lead. I love Hopkins enough to have several favorite performances (Guilty Conscience, Silence of the Lambs, Magic, A Married Man); while additionally loving Goldman (Princess Bride, Magic, Marathon Man, The Hot Rock, Misery) enough for you to understand where I'm coming from. Our sympathy for Hopkins' character, Corky, a ventriloquist, is forced early on, as we begin to realize the relationship Corky has with his dummy named "Fats". So, there are two main characters...if you will. The other characters just get in the way...oops...I give too much away...

Look for the following scenes especially: 1) the card game; and, 2) Corky must remain silent for 5 minutes...

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