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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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1.33 : 1
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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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Near the end of the movie, Phil tells Connie that she "missed the fuck that saved the world" but we hear "screw that saved the world". See more »

Quotes

Olivia: I'm serious!
Lovecraft: Then why do you wear that hat?
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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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