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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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(screenplay), (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:
... Corky / Fats (voice)
... Peggy Ann Snow
... Ben Greene
... Duke
... Merlin
... Todson
... Cab Driver
... Sadie
Joe Lowry ... Club M.C.
... Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ... Maitre D' (as I. W. Klein)
... Captain (as Stephen Hart)
Patrick McCullough ... Doorman
Robert Hackman ... Father (as Bob Hackman)
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>

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A Terrifying Love Story. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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8 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magia  »

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third consecutive film directed by Sir Richard Attenborough that featured Sir Anthony Hopkins after Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). 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

Fats: Hey, you know what I think?
Corky: What do you think?
Fats: We're gonna be a staaaaaaar!
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Crazy Credits

Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) 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 See 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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