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Writers:
William Goldman (novel)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Terrifying Love Story. See more »
Plot:
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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(100 articles)
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User Reviews:
Gloomy hocus-pocus... See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Hopkins ... Corky Withers / Fats (voice)

Ann-Margret ... Peggy Ann Snow

Burgess Meredith ... Ben Greene

Ed Lauter ... Duke
E.J. André ... Merlin

Jerry Houser ... Cab Ddriver

David Ogden Stiers ... Todson
Lillian Randolph ... Sadie
Joe Lowry ... Club M.C.
Robert Hackman ... Father (as Bob Hackman)
Mary Munday ... Mother
Brad Beesley ... Young Corky
Scott Garrett ... Corky's Brother
Beverly Sanders ... Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ... Maitre d'hotel
Patrick McCullough ... Doorman
Stephen P. Hart ... Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael J. Harte ... Minister (as Michael Harte)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
William Goldman (novel)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Joseph E. Levine .... producer
Richard P. Levine .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence 
 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Cherie .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Hallie Smith-Simmons .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Haley .... first assistant director: second unit
François Moullin .... second assistant director: second unit
Arne Schmidt .... first assistant director
Jerry Sobul .... second assistant director (as Jerald Sobul)
 
Art Department
John Rozman .... swing gang
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Michael White .... sketch artist
 
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... sound boom
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Nigel Galt .... assistant sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Larry Jost .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bob MacDonald Jr. .... special effects (as Robert MacDonald Jr.)
 
Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Marta .... assistant camera (as Bob Marta)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... costumer: men (as Michael Harte)
Shirlee Strahm .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Dennis Erkel .... assistant editor
Chris Ridsdale .... assistant editor
Douglas Robertson .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver: grip truck
 
Other crew
Dennis Alwood .... ventriloquial consultant
Michael Bailey .... consulting magician
Robert Blair .... animal trainer: cat
Robert Easton .... accent consultant
Lew Horwitz .... consulting magician (as Lewis Horwitz)
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Ann Skinner .... script consultant
Patrick Watkins .... dialect advisor
Michael White .... assistant to director
 

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Runtime:
107 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) (1978) | USA:R | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)

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Trivia:
The role of Corky was originally offered to Jack Nicholson, but upon hearing that he would have to wear a hairpiece to play the role, Nicholson turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:[to Corky as he returns from Peggy Ann's] So how was the orgy? Didja score?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Magic: Fats & Friends (2006) (V)See more »

FAQ

List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
How come in the final scene Peggy speaks in Fats' voice, is she possessed?
Can I watch the trailer online?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Gloomy hocus-pocus..., 10 December 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

William Goldman adapted his own novel, a melodrama about an unstable ventriloquist comedian--not exactly a winning match-up. Anthony Hopkins gives an agonizing actors' performance playing a magician/ventriloquist who revels in a sort of naughty burlesque style; however, at this stage in his career, Hopkins seemingly had no good humor in him (nasty or otherwise), nor did glum director Richard Attenborough, who has seen too many movies and replicates old suspense. This isn't "Dead Of Night", this is more like "Night Gallery" (and one of the weaker episodes!). "Magic" pulls nothing new from its hat, although Ann-Margret plays a former crush very sweetly--she's a welcome relief to all the perspiring and twitching Hopkins heaps upon us--and Burgess Meredith does his wily old coot bit to perfection. The dummy, Fats, is made to look like a Hopkins caricature; he's kind of freaky, yet his intrusive manner is decidedly off-putting. This is a gimmick movie without much of a gimmick, just a bunch of timeworn ideas. The curiously low-keyed finale is surprisingly thoughtful, but much of "Magic" is dreary, and helmed with too heavy a hand. ** from ****

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