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Svengali (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance  -  9 March 1983 (USA)
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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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Zoe Alexander
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Eve Swiss
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Johnny Rainbow
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Trish
Barbara Bryne ...
Mrs. Burns-Rizzo
Ron Weyand ...
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Mendy Weindenbaum (as Robin Thomas)
Brian Carney ...
Abbot Renfrew
Madeleine Potter ...
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Leslie
Vera Mayer ...
Gizella
Stuart Charno ...
Boomer
Peter Boruchowitz ...
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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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La ragazza e il professore  »

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Anton Bosnyak: You shall hear nothing, you shall see nothing, you shall think nothing, you shall be nothing but Svengali, Svengali, Svengali...
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Version of Trilby (1914) See more »

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One Dream at a Time
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
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"He stuck his fingers in my mouth and called me a pig..."
31 March 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

George L. Du Maurier's novel "Trilby", first filmed as "Svengali" in 1931 with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh, gets an embarrassing '80s make-over here, with New York bar-band singer Jodie Foster discovered and sent to vocal tutor extraordinaire Peter O'Toole for refinement. They share a begrudging relationship at first, accented by ego-mad Svengali O'Toole's stormy temperament, until Foster's Zoe eventually lands a record deal--putting into question her need to rely on this man who has come to be her mentor and love-interest. Well-produced for television, the movie gets off to a good start but eventually flags, with Foster unconvincing as a vocalist and O'Toole looking ragged and disinterested. There's a funny bit performance by a young Holly Hunter (whose screws are so loose, she clashes with the relatively somber tone of this piece), and Elizabeth Ashley has some fine moments near the beginning before she is unceremoniously lost in the shuffle.


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