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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.

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William Goldman (screenplay), William Goldman (based on his novel)
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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>

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magia See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to Wikipedia, the picture has had several legal issues, "as 20th Century Fox never owned complete rights to this film (the studio did, and still does own, the theatrical distribution and music rights), other companies have released home video versions of the film over succeeding years under different licenses. In the meantime, the film continued to play on broadcast television in edited versions. However, subsequent legal complications kept the film from being formally reissued on VHS and DVD in the last decade, due in part to Embassy Pictures' corporate holdings being divided among different entities. Recently, the rights were acquired by the American Movie Classics division of AMC Film Holdings, LLC, while television rights are handled for syndication by Trifecta Entertainment & Media (under Paramount Pictures). The uncut version is currently available on widescreen DVD and Blu-ray." 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

Corky: What would you say if I... called the police?
Fats: You ain't bein' logical.
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Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: A haunting work of cinematic art
22 January 2013 | by murtaza_mmaSee all my reviews

Richard Attenborough's Magic (1978) is an exceptional work of cinema that has so much to offer to the viewer at different levels. It features Anthony Hopkins in the role of a shy ventriloquist named Corky Withers. Corky's act in which he uses a dummy to perform on-stage magic tricks is an instant success. Corky is at height of his fame and probably a single step away from becoming an icon. But, things are not as simple as they appear. Believe it or not, but Corky's dummy Fats has developed a mind of its own! And Corky must learn to control it before it's too late.

Anthony Hopkins, I daresay, delivers the best performance of his life. The role of Hannibal Lecter may have elevated Hopkins to apotheosis but Corky has a sense of vulnerability that makes it appear far more realistic than Lecter. A comparison between Lecter and Corky is inevitable for both the characters lie on the brink of insanity... while the former can control it to a great extent the latter is always at the mercy of his vicious alterego. Magic (1978) is a psychological thriller of the highest quality. And Hopkins' sublime portrayal makes it an experience of a lifetime. Ann-Margret is brilliant in the role of Peggy Ann Snow. Burgess Meredith as Ben Greene virtually steals every scene that he is a part of.

Magic (1978) is indeed magical. And the dream-like combination of two great Englishmen, Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins, makes it possible. A necessary watch!

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