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Magic -- Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) is Corky, a painfully shy, failed magician who finds overnight success as a ventriloquist. With his star on the rise, talent agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith) arranges an important shot at national TV. But the pressure of failing the network's required physical sends Corky into a panic. With dummy Fats in tow, he flees the city to a nearly-deserted resort in the Catskills run by the love of his youth, Peggy Ann Snow (Ann-Margret).  After they make love, Corky confides to Fats that he may leave show business altogether. Fats becomes furious and lashes out at him, playing on his guilt and insecurity. Now under Fats' control, Corky is manipulated into a series of violent and unexpected confrontations.

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Writers:
William Goldman (novel)
William Goldman (screenplay)
Contact:
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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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User Reviews:
Surprisingly good! See more (97 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 Driver

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
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (uncredited)
 
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:
Argentina:18 | 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:
Ann-Margret played a character, Peggy Ann Snow, with a middle name the same as her first name.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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 there's some kind of health problem.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Her Master's Voice (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ah! Sweet Mystery of LifeSee 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?
Is Fats alive, like Chucky?
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good!, 12 October 2004
Author: joe_powell from UK

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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