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A Simple Wish (1997)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  11 July 1997 (USA)
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Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he is trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a ... See full summary »

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Oliver
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Hortense
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Charlie
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Lord Richard
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Jeri
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Anabel
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Boots
Alan Campbell ...
Tony Sable
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Claudia
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Duane
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Rena
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Murray
Clare Coulter ...
Ms. Bramble
Neil Foster ...
Manny
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Joe
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Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he is trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a Broadway musical. Unfortunately, Murray's magic wand is broken and the fairies convention is threatened by evil witches Claudia and Boots. Written by Anonymous

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Your wish is his command... sort of. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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A Simple Wish  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,732,880 (USA) (11 July 1997)

Gross:

$8,119,205 (USA) (22 August 1997)
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Trivia

Michael Ritchie's final film as a director. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Everything is fine. No, nothing is wrong. Hortense... is flat.
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Crazy Credits

After "The Bubble Factory" at the start of the film, tricks are played for the next 4 frames: 1) "Feivbrsel Puctorus and Thn Beabla Uictsry Present" quickly rearranges itself to read "The Bubble Factory and Universal Pictures Present"; 2} "A Sheinberg Production" is first shown with "Sheinberg" rotated 180°; 3) "A Michael Ritchie Film" is first shown with the letters squashed to the right with the bottom of each letter unmoved - they each quickly right themselves; 4) The title is first shown as "A Simqle Wish" - the "q" then spins around its vertical axis, ending up as a "p". See more »


Soundtracks

From the Sticks
(1959)
Written and Performed by Buddy Rich
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Yes it's a family movie and a good one!
10 January 2002 | by (Chitown) – See all my reviews

This movie made my daughter (7) laugh so much .. it made me laugh too just through her at first. Later I found myself remembering some of the scenes and laughing to myself. The slapstick and silliness appeal to the child in everyone. Yes, I grew up loving the Three Stooges shorts and Short uses their antics in no short supply. From the opening scenes Murrey shows us what kind on stooge he really is and it just develops from there as the film moves through it's plot. It's not a bad plot as family movies go. Kathleen Turner puts in a wicked performance as a villainous witch. The special effects are good and used in a way that compliments the funniness of the scenes and aren't just there to dazzle or put there arbitrarily. I saw a comment on another Short movie that fits the bill here too. I'm going to change it while keeping the spirit of it intact. If you don't get the meaning of slapstick humor then (there's nothing to get just ...let it happen) go rent a George Carlin standup video instead. There's some very funny scenes here and a decent plot so I'll rate this family comedy for what it is at a solid 7 stars.


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