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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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Storyline

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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Anabel made a wish. Murray made a mess 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)  »

Also Known As:

Bir dilek tut  »

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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

Murray: [officer leaves Murray in between the bars] Officer! Wait! Are you going to get a donut?
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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 »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Far, Far Better Thing
Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Performed by Peter Samuels
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It's only down side is... what?!?
14 June 2000 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am sick and tired of people criticizing films just because they happen to be family movies, or G-rated, such as SCTV Fan did in the front page User Comments to this movie. I am well into my 50's, and just happen to enjoy well made family movies! This one is well made. I've seen others recently, such as Bicentennial Man, Dinosaur, My Favorite Martian, The Straight Story, Disney's Tarzan and Fantasia 2000. My simple wish is, hopefully, that this is a trend away from the profanity and gore that makes up 75% of today's films. These movie producers are making such movies because: 1: they are allowed to, 2: the public is gullible to buy tickets to see them, 3: they can't take the time to make an intelligent film with language the whole family can listen to and understand, and action that is within limits of decency.

My Simple Wish is not quite up to the quality of the movies I've listed above, but I thank the producers for making it, and thanks to IMDb for letting me have my soapbox.


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