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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 »

Goofs

(Possibly intentional?) The handwritten spell (that leads to the creation of the oatmeal monster), written by Tugwell, varies every time it is shown. Even the kind of paper seems to be different in some shots. Most strikingly, it varies in handwriting style, boldness of the ink and the nature of the characters. In some shots, the third character looks like a Greek delta while in other shots it looks like a D. Another letter shifts from a [ to a C to an E and back again. The character named Lovecraft calls them runes, but generously speaking no more than half of the characters could possibly be runes. See more »

Quotes

Hypolite: If you were sensitive at all, the air would crackle in your ears like wax paper. Things are in flux. The auras are bad. Me, I'm going to Florida.
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Spoofs Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

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Travel Near East #1
Written by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capitol Production Music
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Great film!
15 January 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The other reviewers are right!"Cast a Deadly Spell" is great!I usually don't watch made for television horror movies,because I think they are all crap.This one beats every other TV-horror I have seen.The story is very intriguing,the acting is excellent(Fred Ward steals the show as a detective Howard Phillip Lovecraft,who tries to find Necronomicon!)and there are some cool monsters featured here.Check out this very humorous and vital mix of horror,noir and comedy.Great fun!


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