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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 »
NewsDesk:
(95 articles)
User Reviews:
creepy & funny See more (89 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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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 nickname of showbiz agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith) was "The Postman". He was so-called this was because it was said that he always delivers.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:[Corky and Fats are dying in the cabin] There was never me, only us.
Fats:Schmucko... us was you.
Corky:...Wha...?
Fats:It was you the whole time... I hope I don't die first, is all...
Corky:We'll go together, chances are...
Fats:Yeah...
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Magic: Fats & Friends (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ah! Sweet Mystery of LifeSee more »

FAQ

How come in the final scene Peggy speaks in Fats' voice, is she possessed?
List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
Is Fats alive, like Chucky?
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
creepy & funny, 12 August 2005
Author: Raegan Butcher from Rain City, Pacific Northwest

Strangely neglected at the time of its release, this is a creepy and sort-of black humored character study of a man who, basically, splits his personality in two halves; imagine Norman Bates with a dummy fixation instead of a Mommy fixation and you get a general idea what is in store. The scene where Burgess Meredith asks Anthony Hopkins to make the dummy stop talking for five minutes is worth the price of admission. Plus you get brief glimpses of Anne Margaret's bare breasts!

On the whole the plotting reminds me very much of a Jim Thompson novel. Not at all typical of the work of Director Richard Attenborough...unless to remember that as an actor in 1970 he portrayed real-life British Serial murderer & necrophiliac John Christie in TEN RILLINGTON PLACE (which was actually filmed in the exact house where the real-life killings took place!)

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