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Spellbinder (1988)

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A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.

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Cast

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Jeff Mills (as Timothy Daly)
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Miranda Reed
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Derek Clayton
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Mrs. White
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Aldys
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Grace Woods
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Lt. Lee
Julian Christopher ...
Tim Weatherly (as James Louis Watkins)
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Herbie Green (as Kyle Heffner)
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Brock
Sally Kemp ...
Marilyn DeWitt
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Edgar DeWitt
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Simmons
Karen Elise Baldwin ...
Mona (as Karen Baldwin)
Roderick Cook ...
Ed Kennerle
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Storyline

When Los Angeles lawyer Jeff Mills and his friend Derek Clayton rescue a beautiful young woman from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda Reed and the web of intrigue that follows her. But as the two became lovers, Jeff learns that Miranda is on the run from the witches coven (to which she belongs). Miranda tells Jeff of her situation, but not the entire truth, and Jeff willingly helps Miranda out of her troubles, but creates his own. Written by Jeff Smee

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A nightmare of illusion and betrayal. See more »


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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hora de los brujos  »

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$1,938,049 (USA)
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Mrs. White: [referring to Miranda] We want her back.
Jeff Mills: What is this, some kind of joke?
Mrs. White: Take this as a warning. There won't be another.
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References Willow (1988) See more »

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Blind Alley
Words and Music by Gary Wright
Performed by Gary Wright
Courtesy of Cypress Records, Inc. and Almo Music Corp.
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Underrated cinematic masterpiece
4 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When director Janet Greek spoke of making this film (the original title was "The Witching Hour") she monotoned neither she nor the screenwriter, Tracy Torme had ever seen "The Wicker Man," the earlier version. I believe "Spellbinder" is an IMPROVEMENT on the original property, having set it in contemporary Los Angeles of 1988. The bad reviews resulted easily if one were to see the press notes given out. In the FIRST sentence of the FIRST paragraph, the publicist spoils the outcome. No wonder reviewers found it 'predictablel. Since "The Wicker Man" (which does have some very ironic consistencies to "Spellbinder")was given only art house releases in the United States, There are many audiences who will be enthralled with "Spellbinder" because to them, its' unique plot will seem new and fresh. It's a terrible waste to deprive those who love wild, sexy, erotic thrillers the experience of Timothy Daly, in his finest performance ever committed to film and Kelly Preston, on her last fling before marrying John Travolta. The casting, directing, cinematography and editing are SUPERB. It is one title I can't believe is still unavailable on DVD when so many clunkers are.


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