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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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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:
To prepare for his performance in this movie, actor Anthony Hopkins learnt magic tricks and studied the art of ventriloquism. Hopkins learned how to project his voice and manipulate a ventriloquist's dummy.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:
Corky:I'd like to say that goin' to bed with you is maybe the best three things that ever happened to me. And I'd love some coffee. And I adore you. And I take it with cream and sugar. And your breasts belong in the Louvre, which is a museum in Paris that I plan on visiting with you once you get wise and decide to leave the old ear-blower.See more »
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List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Up next: Young Hannibal Lector and his deadly dummy!, 13 October 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Richard Attenborough, known for his classy (but especially long and tedious) epical films, directs a tense thriller with horror undertones?? Sounds like a Disney film brought to you by Quentin Tarantino! But surprisingly enough, Attenborough knows damn well how to bring the unsettling and eerie tale of a ventriloquist who slowly loses his sense of reality and starts to live through his dummy. Too bad he can't resist stressing the drama and sentiment even more. For every suspenseful sequence in 'Magic', there's a dull and pseudo-psychological anti-climax following.

The opening sequences of 'Magic' are terrific! Through flashback and a conversation with his mentor, we see how Corky (Anthony Hopkins) struggles and fights to make it as a magician/stage performer. The transfer to his all-of-a-sudden successful career as a ventriloquist comes rather abrupt and it's hard to believe. Yet, you don't bother about this too much as the dialogues are good and Hopkins' performance is outstanding. He can't handle the pressure and flees to the countryside where he meets his long-lost high school dreamgirl. Meanwhile, he becomes more and more obsessed by his voice tube-dummy Fats. The idea of evil ventriloquist dummies might not be new (The Great Gabbo, Dead of Night) but 'Magic' is neatly elaborated and very well-acted. Unfortunately, it hurt seeing Ann-Margret so underused! She has a relatively small part and all Hopkins ever talks to are her bosom! Nicest line in the whole movie: 'Your breasts belong in the Louvre, which is a museum in France and I'd love to visit it with you!' That's great! I have to keep that in mind and use it as a pick-up line someday!

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