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Spellbinder (1988)

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

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Jeff Mills (as Timothy Daly)
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Lt. Lee
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Tim Weatherly (as James Louis Watkins)
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Herbie Green (as Kyle Heffner)
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Brock
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Marilyn DeWitt
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Edgar DeWitt
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Simmons
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Mona (as Karen Baldwin)
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Ed Kennerle
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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:

Witching Hour  »

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$1,938,049 (USA)
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Hard to find because the Church of Scientology tried to get rid of it because it stars Kelly Preston in nude scenes and is centered around witchcraft . See more »

Goofs

Reflection of red camera light as well camera person visible at 1:02:15 - 1:02:20 on lower-right side of window. See more »

Quotes

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 Davey and Goliath (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Devil's Radio
Written by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
(c) 1987 - Dark Horse Records
(DVD Version Only - Uncredited)
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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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