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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 ...
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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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Shot in 37 days. See more »

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When Phil is reading the framed article about his and Harry's arrest, there are spelling and writing errors in the print. "Ceaslessly" is used instead of "ceaselessly". And "sighted" is used instead of "cited". See more »

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Lovecraft: What's wrong with my tie?
Connie: Nothing... if you like vertigo.
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Satisfy
Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven
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Blend of tension and humour
27 January 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

It is rare to find a film that can actually be funny and still mount very real tension (Ghostbusters and Galaxy Quest are two examples that have succeeded). This film does so in very good noir-ish style. Rife with inside jokes that should appeal to any fan of the hard-boiled detectives, horror movies, Lovecraft and film noir. Fred Ward and David Warner are perfectly suited in this film.


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