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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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 ...
Zombie
John De Bello ...
Crooner
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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". 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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Fred Ward and Julianne Moore later shared some significant scenes together in Short Cuts (1993). See more »

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During the red rain, the gargoyle on Hackshaw's roof is pelted with rain and the hooks of his wings jiggle, as if made of rubber. But we later see that his flesh can withstand Phil's gunfire. Also, getting kicked in the groin affects him, though he has no visible testicles and the rest of his body can withstand gunfire. See more »

Quotes

Lovecraft: Hey, what happened to your regular legbreakers?
Harry: Progress.
Tugwell: Zombies don't eat, don't complain...
Harry: ...don't get ideas.
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Get Happy
Music by Harold Arlen
Words by Ted Koehler
Performed by June Christy
Courtesy of Hindsight Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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