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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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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
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Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ...
Hypolite Kropotkin
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Tugwell
Peter Allas ...
Det. Otto Grimaldi
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Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ...
Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ...
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Coroner
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Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake ...
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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". Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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7 September 1991 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 37 days. See more »

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The bedroom in Connie Stone's 1948 house appears to have a round smoke detector immediately to the upper left of the door. See more »

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Hackshaw: The wheel has turned. Yog-Sothoth knows the Gate. That is the promise of the Necromnomicon. Open the Gate, let the Old Ones back in and they will make you a god.
Lovecraft: Ooohhh, you get to be a god. What does Harry get?
Harry: Tell him.
Hackshaw: For services rendered, Mr. Borden gets to be Ruler of the World.
Lovecraft: What kind of world?
Hackshaw: A world of the unburied dead, and a sky dark with ashes. A blasted, maimed planet. But he'll be the most important person in it.
Harry: How do you like them apples partner, huh?
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Travel Near East #1
Written by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capitol Production Music
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19 August 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Damn near close. The idea of a private eye going it alone in world where magic reigns supreme is probably the ultimate extension of film noir and the hero-as-outsider. This movie captures all the charm of the Bogart 40's detective flicks and 80's type supernatural/horror F/X. It also adroitly mixes humor, horror, hard-boiled detecting, and mystery, with great performances from Fred Ward, David Warner, Clancy Brown, Alexandra Powers, Raymond O'Connor, and Julianne Moore.


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