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Simon Magus (1999)

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some ... See full summary »

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Dovid Bendel
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Leah
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Sarah
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Count Albrecht, the Squire
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Sirius / Boris / The Devil
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Bratislav
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Buchholz
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Chaim
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Rabbi
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Thomas
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Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some land so he can build a railway station, a ruthless businessman from the neighboring Gentile community uses Simon to find out who wants to buy the land, so he can "persuade" him otherwise. Written by Rob Hartill

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11 February 2000 (Italy)  »

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A sátán mágusa  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,307, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,214, 22 July 2001
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Final cinema film of Jean Anderson. See more »

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Simon: I have seen God, and he is a blind beggar peddling lies! He has sold the world to the Devil and left only the husk for himself! Satan is master here! The sparrow-eater!
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Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Madness Is Bliss
10 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the beginning of railway era a milkman belonging to the small Jewish community decides to build a railroad station to advance a local trade but he's not the only one having this idea so the competition begins and the other side is capable to use any dirty means in achieving their goal. Mentally distorted Simon, who thinks that he is a kind of magus following Satan's will, gets himself caught amidst this struggle and is turned into a cat's paw by the wicked side. Film is highly grotesque and laden with subtle reminiscences to the New Testament, greediness and avarice turn religion into its weapon. Period drama Simon Magus is more of a stylish fable than a historical movie.


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