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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)
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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 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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magia See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The nickname of show business agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith) was "The Postman". He was called this, because it was said that he always delivers. See more »

Goofs

Ben Greene comments that the IQ of his three "genius lawyers" must "total up to 100." Given the average IQ of a person is 100, this actually doesn't say much for three lawyers. However, Ben is obviously not being sincere in saying any of the lawyers are "genius", and his statement is not him making a mistake but a pretty vicious insult about how he thinks they're idiots. See more »

Quotes

Ben Greene: Corky has turned impossible, I don't believe it. Well, I should have been a cesspool cleaner like my mama wanted.
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Referenced in Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy II (1996) 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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A forgotten psychological/horror gem
1 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

This somehow has become a forgotten movie which seems odd that after the subsequent success and recognition of Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs that more people didn't look back at his 1978 performance in this psychological/horror gem. William Goldman has quite a record of novels being adapted to film or screenplays by him which include No Way to Treat a Lady, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Stepford wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, All the Presidents Men, Marathon Man, Misery and A Bridge Too Far among other memorable films. Actor/Dirctor Richard Attenborough who is notable for directing Ghandi, Chaplin and A Bridge Too Far teams up again with Goldman to bring us Magic. Anthony Hopkins as the ventriloquist also provides the voice of his menacing dummy. Bergis Meredith turns in a great performance as usual as well as Ann Margaret. This is Hopkin's film though and he is superb in lead role. I saw this in the theater during it's initial release and have only seen it once since then. Don't know why this doesn't make on TV more often. I would give this an 8.0 out of 10 and recommend it.


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