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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 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 role of Corky was originally offered to Jack Nicholson, but upon hearing that he would have to wear a hairpiece to play the role, Nicholson turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Members of the crew are reflected in the cabin window when Corky gets his jacket before going out in the boat with Duke. See more »

Quotes

Fats: [to Corky as he returns from Peggy Ann's] So how was the orgy? Didja score?
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

References The Mike Douglas Show (1961) 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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Surprisingly good!
12 October 2004 | by joe_powellSee all my reviews

Ventriloquist "Corky" is about to hit the big time when he starts to realize fame and fortune isn't all it's cracked up to be. He retreats to a lakeside cabin owned by the woman he fell in love with as a teenager but things turn nasty. He is suffering from schizophrenia and uses the dummy to voice the things he can't bring himself to say. This is done superbly and Anthony Hopkins plays it all extremely convincingly. Ann-Margret puts in a mostly believable performance too although at times she seems a little unlikely. It doesn't detract though, her screen presence adds a lot to the movie and she looks radiant as ever. For a while when watching this film I had a horrible feeling that the dummy would turn out to have an intelligence of its own and would start walking around with a knife in its little wooden hands. Thankfully this doesn't happen and it's a much more sinister and impressive film for it. Overall this was surprisingly watchable, well made and at times genuinely scary. The violence is filmed well and doesn't resort to bloodfests to get the message across. One of the few 70's horror flicks I've seen with good acting and a credible plot, well worth watching!


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