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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PG | See all certifications »
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Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb
Written by Lee V. McCullum
Performed by The Blue Jay Singers
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by Edwin Morris & Co., a division of MPL Communications, Inc.
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Not for anyone who needs foul language, gratuitous sex & violence
2 January 2021 | by gailcampbell-73960See all my reviews

This is a really fun movie & its family friendly. It is a light hearted look at America in the early 60s & in one scene 3 houses in a row have the men digging bomb shelters. The soundtrack is great & if it doesn't make you smile, nothing will!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting for the Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckley, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$334,748, 4 November 1990

Gross USA:

$808,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$808,690
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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