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Magic (1978)

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Writers:

William Goldman (screenplay), William Goldman (based on his novel)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Corky / Fats (voice)
Ann-Margret ... Peggy Ann Snow
Burgess Meredith ... Ben Greene
Ed Lauter ... Duke
E.J. André ... Merlin
David Ogden Stiers ... Todson
Jerry Houser ... Cab Driver
Lillian Randolph ... Sadie
Joe Lowry Joe Lowry ... Club M.C.
Beverly Sanders ... Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein I.W. Klein ... Maitre D'
Steve Hart ... Captain (as Stephen Hart)
Patrick McCullough Patrick McCullough ... Doorman
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Father (as Bob Hackman)
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Mother
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Storyline

Magician's assistant Corky (Sir Anthony Hopkins) performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy called "Fats" to improve his act, and within a few years, Corky is at the height of fame. However, Fats has developed a mind of his own, and wants to control his master. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto chango, and now he is me. Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun; we're dead. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

It is never explained in the movie what Fats is. Several theories have been made, the first and most accurate being that the dummy is a form of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Other theories include schizophrenia, the dummy being possessed, the dummy being a tulpa, or an imaginary friend. See more »

Goofs

When Duke and Corky are fishing, Duke casts his rod and there is a buzzing sound, as if the spool is unwinding against a clicker. The reel is a spinning reel, which the line comes off free spool during a cast. There would be no clicking sound. See more »

Quotes

Fats: Hey, Corky? I'm feeling light-headed.
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

References A Star Is Born (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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User Reviews

 
Sour Smell of Success
3 August 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Sir Richard Attenbourough does a fine job directing this film about a magician that has little charm, personality, or self-confidence who must take a dummy into his act to let himself become famous. The only trouble is that the fine line that exists between the dummy and the ventriloquist becomes much too fine. Anthony Hopkins is really good as this shy, awkward man slowly descending into a world of madness as great success looms over the horizon. Hopkins also does the voice of the dummy, Fats, and lends his unique voice talents to create a very disturbing, eerie screen presence. The dummy is in many ways larger than life, and he steals almost every scene he is in. No supernatural puppet coming to life here, yet the character of Corky(Hopkins) gives his life to this dummy in a very unique way. The film is suitably creepy with some very atmospheric shots. As one reviewer noted, the scene where Hopkins is to not speak through the dummy for five minutes is easily the best. Each moment of that scene passed with incredible tension. It is downright chilling in fact. The other actors do very well. Burgess Meredith is made out to be much older that he was at the time, and I think he did a fantastic job. What can I say about Ann-Margaret. Stunning. She does a credible job acting, and let's face it, she looks like a million bucks(she even shows us more than expected as well). A spooky film, and a great screen performance by a much younger Anthony Hopkins.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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