Rough Magic (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 May 1997 (USA)
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Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myra Shumway
Doc Ansell
Cliff Wyatt
Andy Romano ...
Marvin Wiggins
Euva Anderson ...
Tojola, Diego's Wife
Gabriel Pingarrón ...
Telegraph Man (as Gabriel Pingarrón González)
Santos Morales ...
Policeman #1
Mark Del Castillo Morante ...
Clayton's Assistant
René Pereyra ...
Policeman #2
Christopher Otto ...
Mechanic (as Chris Otto)


Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who will teach her ancient principles of magic. She is being trailed by a detective hired by her fiancé. He's a former photojournalist traumatized by what he saw in Hiroshima. The photojournalist joins her in the search for the Mayan shaman, and falls in love with her; the feeling is not reciprocated. When she finds the shaman, she drinks a potion which empowers her to do magic. The potion has life-changing effects on her and her relationship with her companion. They have strange experiences which are brought about by magic. Written by <>

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In the world of magic, the hand is quicker than the eye and love is the wild card.

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related content and some violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Estranhas Experiências  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$59,026 (USA) (30 May 1997)


$171,979 (USA) (13 June 1997)

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The ribbons on Ross' USMC uniform are (L to R) Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign and WWII Victory Medal. See more »


Alec Ross: I'm your guardian angel.
Myra: You don't look so angelic to me.
Alec Ross: Well, you know, standards are down all over.
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A delightful find.
2 February 2003 | by (Chico, California) – See all my reviews

"Rough Magic" is a funny, sophisticated piece of fluff about losing and finding one's heart. Russell Crowe looks young and sweet. The Mexican Spanish spoken is entertaining, and Peploe's use of Mayan Indians and a kind of eclectic shamanism mixed with magic rings emotionally true. I loved this film and you will, too, if you are not too hung up on logic.

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