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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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Nightclub owned by Harry Bordon is called The Dunwich Room, a reference to H P Lovecraft's famous stories The Dunwich Horror and The Shuttered Room. See more »

Goofs

When Phil is reading the framed article about his and Harry's arrest, there are spelling and writing errors in the print. "Ceaslessly" is used instead of "ceaselessly". And "sighted" is used instead of "cited". See more »

Quotes

Connie Stone: I heard something about you at the club.
Phil Lovecraft: Such as?
Connie Stone: You don't use magic.
Phil Lovecraft: You heard right.
Connie Stone: How do you expect to get out of dumps like this if you don't start playing the game?
Phil Lovecraft: Seems to me we've already had this discussion.
Connie Stone: Everybody uses magic.
Phil Lovecraft: I don't.
Connie Stone: What have you got to show for it? Fly-specked office, a broken-down car and a ugly necktie, that's what all this integrity buys you. Damn it, everybody's got to compromise.
Phil Lovecraft: That's what I keep hearing.
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Connections

Spoofs The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do I Lie?
Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven
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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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