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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  7 September 1991 (USA)
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In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

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Amos Hackshaw
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Olivia Hackshaw
Charles Hallahan ...
Det. Morris Bradbury
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Hypolite Kropotkin
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Tugwell
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Det. Otto Grimaldi
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Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ...
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John De Bello ...
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Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake ...
Butler Meadows
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In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones". (Contains several in-jokes to H.P. Lovecraft's horror fiction and also the hard-boiled detective genre.) Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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7 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Détective Philippe Lovecraft  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Lovecraft is hired to recover the Necronimicon, a mystical book that appears in many of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories. See more »

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The guide wire on the oatmeal demon is visible as it flies to attack the restaurant manager. See more »

Quotes

Connie Stone: Dammit, Phil, everybody's gotta compromise!
Phil Lovecraft: That's what I keep hearing.
Connie Stone: And what makes you so special?
Phil Lovecraft: What makes me special is I'm my own man. When I started out I said there were things I'd do and things I wouldn't do. A lot of guys start out like that, and a lot of them sell out along the way. But the more who fall, the easier it gets. "See, look, everybody compromises, everybody cheats, everybody uses magic." So they empty their ideals out of their pockets and get down to the job of ...
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Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven
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Greatest movie that's never seen
5 October 1998 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This is such a fun movie, everyone I've shown it to has tried to swipe my rather beat up copy... If you're a fan of hardboiled detectives, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, horror mixed with comedy, Fred Ward, or watching movies in slow motion to find all sorts of cool stuff going on in the background, then this film is for you...

Sadly, you CAN NOT PURCHASE this film, unless you find it used. HBO only released it to video rental stores, even though it's lesser sequel is available just about anywhere. To make matters worse, all tapes come with a Macrovision copy block. Bummer...

So, if you can find it, grab it quick, before someone else does!


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