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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Hudson
Sen. Larson Crockett
Hypolyta Kropotkin
Finn Macha
John Epperson ...
Vivian Dart (as Lypsinka)
The Manicurist
N.J. Gottlieb
Lt. Morris Bradbury
John Durbin ...
Gregory Bell ...
G-man #1 (as Chris Darga)


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.


Crime | Fantasy | Mystery

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




Release Date:

10 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasseur de sorcières  »

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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 »


Kropotkin's first name is Hypolyta on her office door, but Hypolita in the closing credit cast list. See more »


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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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