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Magic (1978)

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A failed magician finds sudden stardom as a ventriloquist when he comes across a foul-mouthed dummy named Fats. But as the pressures of stardom mount, something strange begins to happen as the dummy takes control of his human.

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 (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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A Terrifying Love Story. See more »

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977), this is the third consecutive movie directed by Sir Richard Attenborough that featured Sir Anthony Hopkins. 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

Corky: There's snapping turtles out there! And once there was a water moccasin scare.
Fats: I don't care if the Loch ness monster's out there and he's ravenous.
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Featured in Magic: Fats & Friends (2006) 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 classic
18 May 2003 | by IdocamstufSee all my reviews

I have passed on this film several times in the past, and people told me it was better than I thought, so I gave it a try. I was amazed how great it was, Anthony Hopkins has never had a character with more energy, this was before he started playing rather boring characters. Although the film does have some plot holes, and there are some unintentional laughs(especially the death of Ben Greene, I couldnt keep a straight face), but Anthony Hopkins is so good he overpowers all of the weaknesses of the film. The film made over 40 million dollars at the time of release, and thats quite a lot for 1978, Im surprised the rating isnt higher, and that it doesnt have more votes. My rating: 7.5 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

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

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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