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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

According to the New York Times article "Levine Buys Film Rights To William Goldman Novel" published on March 3, 1976, the movie rights to the book were purchased for $1 million by Joseph E. Levine. See more »

Goofs

Fats' body is suddenly reversed between camera angles while sitting on Corky's knee when they are in the club dressing room. See more »

Quotes

Corky: [answering the phone] Hello?
Ben Greene: I've been having meetings for hours. I couldn't budge 'em, Cork.
Corky: I thought you said they wanted me?
Ben Greene: Well they do, Cork, but...
Corky: [raising voice] Didn't you explain about the principle?
Ben Greene: Now kid, this is network policy, it's legal policy. Now I'm sitting here with three of our genius lawyers. Their IQ's alone must total up to 100. Now we have called NBC a dozen times, and they are not, I repeat not, about to spend a half a million bucks only to find out on taping day that ...
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014) 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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Anthony Hopkins/William Goldman Horror Feast
26 March 2004 | by moto727See all my reviews

The best meals and the best movies have this in common: they're filling. Hungry? Watch Magic. Goldman's intensely suspenseful, spooky novel shows up intact on the screen, featuring Mr Hopkins in the psychotic lead. I love Hopkins enough to have several favorite performances (Guilty Conscience, Silence of the Lambs, Magic, A Married Man); while additionally loving Goldman (Princess Bride, Magic, Marathon Man, The Hot Rock, Misery) enough for you to understand where I'm coming from. Our sympathy for Hopkins' character, Corky, a ventriloquist, is forced early on, as we begin to realize the relationship Corky has with his dummy named "Fats". So, there are two main characters...if you will. The other characters just get in the way...oops...I give too much away...

Look for the following scenes especially: 1) the card game; and, 2) Corky must remain silent for 5 minutes...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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