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Waiting for the Light (1990)

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A former vaudevillian magician (MacLaine) moves her straight-laced niece (Garr) and her two mischievous children to a small town. When the two kids get in trouble with a neighbor for ... See full summary »

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Christopher Monger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Guzzo Louis Guzzo ... National Newscaster
Colin Baumgartner Colin Baumgartner ... Eddie
Hillary Wolf ... Emily
Teri Garr ... Kay Harris
Shirley MacLaine ... Aunt Zena
Jeff McCracken ... Charlie
William Dore William Dore ... Reverend Jones
Amanda Arguello Amanda Arguello ... Screaming Girl #1
Michelle Wartman Michelle Wartman ... Screaming Girl #2
Robert Hardwick Robert Hardwick ... Dr. Kelley
LeChelle Anne Goncalves LeChelle Anne Goncalves ... Screaming Girl #3
Robin Ginsburg Robin Ginsburg ... Miss Hicks / Miss Berg
Arthur H. Cahn Arthur H. Cahn ... Mr. Patterson
Lyn Tyrrell Lyn Tyrrell ... Woman in Crowd
Matt Magnano Matt Magnano ... Tommy (as Matthew Magnano)
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A former vaudevillian magician (MacLaine) moves her straight-laced niece (Garr) and her two mischievous children to a small town. When the two kids get in trouble with a neighbor for stealing vegetables from his garden, the aunt concocts an illusion of ghosts in revenge. Only trouble is the whole town believes it is real and soon the press is swarming the town and a major magic trick is required for everyone to save face. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspettando la luce See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckley, Washington, USA See more »

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$808,690
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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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In a scene set in 1962, characters tell the box-office clerk at a movie theater they want two tickets to The Miracle Worker. Prior to the introduction of multiplex cinemas years later, it was unnecessary to specify which movie you wanted to see because the theater was only showing one picture. See more »

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After the closing credits, Kay (Teri Garr's character) changes the "open" sign on the diner door to "closed" See more »


Soundtracks

Dance By The Light of The Moon
Written by Fred Sledge Smith (as Smith) / Clifford Goldsmith (as Goldsmith), Jimmy Eaton (uncredited), Terry Shand (uncredited) and David Kapp (uncredited)
Performed by The Olympics
By arrangement with Everest Records
c/o Celebrity Licensing
Publised by Aries Music/Shapiro Bernstein
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MacLaine delivers another magical comedy-drama
16 April 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine in another tailor-made role. As the aunt to a single mom in a 1962 working-class Chicago neighborhood, the veteran character actress gets another work-out as a gutsy woman who won't let any set-backs defeat her spirit of success. The children, a pre-teen boy and girl, are drawn to their spirited Aunt Zoe, although the many magic tricks and practical jokes learned from her, and applied at all the wrong opportunities eventually get them expelled from school.

The plot is cleverly enveloped in the Cuban Missile Crisis, with all of the social implications. Men building bomb shelters, people watching news programs on what seemed to be the only TV set, at a diner, and a general mist of uneasiness and fear in the air. When a "harmless" miracle is blown out of proportions, the climactic conclusion nonetheless makes the viewer feel good. Yes, Virginia, the sun will come up tomorrow! Clearly a small-budget production, this is still a sweet little film, filled with the magic that Sunday Matinees were made of. With a few choice "Oldies" thrown into an effective Sound Track, the whole family is sure to enjoy this one.****


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