5.4/10
4,410
21 user 21 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Madeline (1998)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. ... See full summary »

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones
Matilda (1996)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson
Casper Meets Wendy (Video 1998)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Stars: Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Annie Golden
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A New Yorker suddenly learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who's been raised in the jungle. He brings the boy to New York City, and that's where the fun starts.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams
Kazaam (1996)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.

Directors: Larry Leker, Paul Sabella
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton, Dom DeLuise
Family | Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

During a championship baseball match, the three brothers hear that their grandfather in Japan is in trouble, and head out to help him, conceding the match. When they arrive in Japan, they ... See full summary »

Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade, Sean Fox
Balloon Farm (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Uplifting tale about a man who grows a crop of colored balloons.

Director: William Dear
Stars: Rip Torn, Mara Wilson, Roberts Blossom
First Kid (1996)
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Luke Davenport is the thirteen-year-old son of Paul Davenport, the President of the United States, and first lady Linda Davenport. Ill tempered Agent Woods is the secret service agent in ... See full summary »

Director: David M. Evans
Stars: Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Blake Boyd
Family | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

Director: Bronwen Hughes
Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Gregory Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Oliver
...
...
Charlie
...
Lord Richard
...
Jeri
...
Anabel
...
Boots
Alan Campbell ...
Tony Sable
...
Lanny Flaherty ...
Duane
...
...
Clare Coulter ...
Ms. Bramble
Neil Foster ...
Manny
...
Joe
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Anabel made a wish. Murray made a mess See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir dilek tut  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,119,205 (USA) (22 August 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Murray: One wish per customer and no wishes for more wishes. They plugged that loophole up years ago. In past years there were abuses.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Dark Age of Movies (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Best of Times
Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Performed by Peter Samuels
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An amusing little tale
21 February 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was a fun film, and part of what made the film amusing was that the actors/actresses really seemed to be enjoying themselves. The story is cute, about a bumbling male fairy godmother (Martin Short) who screws up a wish to the first child under his care and has to help set things straight by rescuing magic wands from a former fairy godmother turned witch (Kathleen Turner) and her dog turned human, Boots (the great Amanda Plummer). It's a very original idea, which is rare amongst family films these days which all seem to be remakes or rehashed films. The only real downside to this film (keeping in mind, of course, that it is aimed towards kids) is that some of the dialogue is *really* cheezy and unbelievable (The 10 year-old I was watching over while watching this film kept said 'gimme a break' and 'yeah, right' at a couple of points in the film...and it's one of her favs;) The effects were fun, Martin Short was funny (most of the time...he tends to overdo it at certain moments) and Amanda Plummer really shines..all in all, a good film to watch with one's children. 7/10.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
"A Simple Wish" soundtrack ktdm0001
Three Wishes Richgurl26
Broadway musical? TPGrange
The giant guy? MovieYoda
make a wish Lisa1613
Ex Girlfriend?? mewmew88
Discuss A Simple Wish (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?