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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

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Martin Campbell
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft
David Warner ... Amos Hackshaw
Julianne Moore ... Connie Stone
Clancy Brown ... Harry Bordon
Alexandra Powers ... Olivia Hackshaw
Charles Hallahan ... Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ... Hypolite Kropotkin
Raymond O'Connor ... Tugwell
Peter Allas ... Det. Otto Grimaldi
Lee Tergesen ... Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ... Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ... Zombie
John De Bello ... Crooner
David Downing ... Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Butler Meadows
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Storyline

In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones". Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cast a Deadly Spell See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Original script title was "Lovecraft" and it took more than 10 years to get made. See more »

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During the red rain, the gargoyle on Hackshaw's roof is pelted with rain and the hooks of his wings jiggle, as if made of rubber. But we later see that his flesh can withstand Phil's gunfire. Also, getting kicked in the groin affects him, though he has no visible testicles and the rest of his body can withstand gunfire. See more »

Quotes

Lovecraft: Stop right there Lon Chaney. Step away from the fairy and keep those meathooks where I can see them.
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Spoofs Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »

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Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Robert Jason
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If Ever A Movie Could Be Called "Unique," This Is It!
22 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I wonder why this isn't a movie that people know? After all, it is definitely unique and fun to watch, and how many films do you know that are a combination 1940s film noir and horror? Man, this is a real "curiosity piece."

It's Los Angeles and 1948 and everyone, except the hero (Fred Ward) is using magic, occult witchcraft-type stuff (which this reviewer hardly endorses). Ludicrous, yes, but fascinating and funny in parts.

Too bad this isn't out on DVD because the colors and atmosphere just ooze 1940s. It's also simply great entertainment. Juliane Moore looks gorgeous and Ward is likable in the lead role. He has the authentic look of a private eye, and I like the idea that he has more morals than all the other characters in the movie combined.

If any story can be called truly "unique," this is one of them.


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