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Witch Hunt (1994)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Fantasy, Mystery  |  10 December 1994 (USA)
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In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it.

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Kim Hudson
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Sen. Larson Crockett
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Hypolyta Kropotkin
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Finn Macha
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G-man #1 (as Chris Darga)
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Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the tallents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Reminiscent of Roger Rabbit, without the toons. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's a new kind of evil, as old as time.

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Crime | Fantasy | Mystery

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Rated R for some strong language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

While making the circuit of talk shows to promote this movie, Dennis Hopper stated it was the strangest movie he had been in. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposedly set in 1953 (although that's a little vague). Six minutes into the film, however, Dennis Hopper's character passes an appliance store selling TV's. Prominently featured is the Philco Holiday Predicta model which wasn't introduced until 1958, Other cultural anachronisms including some of the fashions were more indicative of the late '50's than 1953. See more »

Quotes

Senator Crockett: I'll tell ya what yer gonna get, yer gonna get double-digit inflation, and a designated hitter, and wars in countries you've never even heard of! Now that's what I call a world without magic!
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Features The Big Combo (1955) See more »

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Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jalacy Hawkins)
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Private eye Dennis Hopper unravels a murder amid environment of magic
6 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Witch Hunt" is an offbeat neo-noir in which a private eye, Dennis Hopper, works in a milieu where magic is widely available and used. The magic is way beyond ordinary magic. a signified by the private eye's name: H. Phillip Lovecraft. It involves witchcraft and bodily transformations. This movie is therefore a fantasy-neo-noir.

The plot includes a U.S. senator, Eric Bogosian, who is rousing people against magic. This is an obvious analogy to McCarthy and communism. The best part of this analogy is showing that Bogosian is a hypocrite, out to score political gains. He gets to deliver some very sharp lines 78 minutes in. Asked by Hopper why he's going after magic, he asks "Whom am I supposed to go after? Big Business? You need something different, a little outside. Let me tell ya a little something about the people, Phil. You lock any ten of 'em in a room. They may not elect a leader, but I guarantee they'll pick someone to hate." "Witch Hunt" is a fresh and clever take in the private eye vein.


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