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 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 Driver
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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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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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Trivia

Of the nine films that Richard Attenborough directed from 1969 to 1993, this is one of only two in which his brother-in-law Gerald Sim does not appear. The other is A Chorus Line (1985). See more »

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Ben Greene comments that the IQ of his three "genius lawyers" must "total up to 100." Given the average IQ of a person ranges between 85-100, this actually doesn't say much for three lawyers. See more »

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Ben Greene: Sadie, what's the first rule for being an agent?
Sadie: Never forget an actor killed Lincoln.
Ben Greene: Head of the class!
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Referenced in GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) See more »

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Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
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Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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Surprisingly good!
12 October 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Ventriloquist "Corky" is about to hit the big time when he starts to realize fame and fortune isn't all it's cracked up to be. He retreats to a lakeside cabin owned by the woman he fell in love with as a teenager but things turn nasty. He is suffering from schizophrenia and uses the dummy to voice the things he can't bring himself to say. This is done superbly and Anthony Hopkins plays it all extremely convincingly. Ann-Margret puts in a mostly believable performance too although at times she seems a little unlikely. It doesn't detract though, her screen presence adds a lot to the movie and she looks radiant as ever. For a while when watching this film I had a horrible feeling that the dummy would turn out to have an intelligence of its own and would start walking around with a knife in its little wooden hands. Thankfully this doesn't happen and it's a much more sinister and impressive film for it. Overall this was surprisingly watchable, well made and at times genuinely scary. The violence is filmed well and doesn't resort to bloodfests to get the message across. One of the few 70's horror flicks I've seen with good acting and a credible plot, well worth watching!


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