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A Simple Wish (1997)

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lord Richard
Alan Campbell ...
Tony Sable
Clare Coulter ...
Ms. Bramble


Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill 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 »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir dilek tut  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,732,880, 13 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,119,205, 24 August 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with the Nostalgia Critic, Mara Wilson stated that production of the film was a very hard time for her because of the recent death of her mother. She claims to have some regrets over her behavior on the set, describing her mind set as "being in a bad place". To this day, she has little recollection of making this film due to the depression she faced following the loss of her mother. She even says that she should not have been making a film at that time. See more »


When Murray casts a wish in the school corridor, the red paper and pictures on the noticeboard behind him disappear and re-appear numerous times. See more »


Murray: One wish per customer and no wishes for more wishes. They plugged that loophole up years ago. In past years there were abuses.
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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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Fun little episode
17 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Okay, while the plot may not be Shakespeare, its simplicity is refreshing. Martin Short is very funny, as always, and Mara Wilson is a wonderful child actress whose acting caliber could compare to many adult actors/actresses. Kathleen Turner is delicious to watch as a bad apple witch, who's bent on revenge. Her deep yet sultry voice and beautiful looks present the perfect image of a goody-goody witch gone bad. For a simple yet smart comedy, rent this film.

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