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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 »
User Reviews:
Nice acting and direction, but lacking in some important areas See more (79 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.
Bob Hackman ... Father
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)
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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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 two things that show-business agent Ben Green (Burgess Meredith) said he had survived which meant he didn't scare easily, were Tallulah Bankhead and the "Death of Vaudeville".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 »
Movie Connections:
References Woody Woodpecker (1941)See more »

FAQ

List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
Is Fats alive, like Chucky?
Can I watch the trailer online?
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Nice acting and direction, but lacking in some important areas, 28 March 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The ventriloquist dummy is a popular horror prop; ever since Dead of Night in 1945, the ventriloquist dummy has popped up in a number of films; and Magic is one of the most classy and high quality. However, it's not necessarily one of the best; as while the acting is good and Richard Attenborough manages to create just the right tone and atmosphere for the film; something about it severely lacking. The tagline bills it as a 'love story', and this would appear to sum up Magic's problems - it doesn't really know what it wants to be! The relationship between the ventriloquist and his dummy is build up as antagonistic until the very end, and by then it feels out place. The plot focuses on Corky; a magician who isn't all that good. But when he teams up with a wooden dummy named Fats; the crowd begins to love him. However, the fame starts to go to him and he soon finds that he can't turn the dummy 'off'. He goes and finds his high school sweetheart, and the two start to get on well; but it's not long before his fame comes looking for him, and the dummy shows its murderous side.

Anthony Hopkins is clearly one of the acting greats; and while this film came earlier than his more memorable performances in movies such as The Silence of the Lambs and The Elephant Man, it's still obvious that Hopkins is a master of his trade. The film comes across as a high quality piece, but somehow this doesn't apply to the plotting, as there are some very questionable character actions and events, and while this may be OK in another film; the fact that this one obviously wants to rise above the low quality horror films means that it's hard to ignore. Magic isn't particularly nasty; there are a couple of death scenes, but the blood is kept to a minimum, and again this seems like Attenborough was trying not to make the film seem cheap and tacky. Most of the horror comes from the dummy; Anthony Hopkins does Fats' voice and it's not far from being the most piercing and haunting horror vocal of all time, which is the film's main credit. Overall, Magic certainly isn't a bad film; it's worth watching for sure, but unfortunately it's not as great as it could have been.

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