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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 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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Trivia

Fred Ward and Julianne Moore later shared some significant scenes together in Short Cuts (1993). See more »

Goofs

The guide wire on the oatmeal demon is visible as it flies to attack the restaurant manager. 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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Unicorn Wrangler: Hollywood Animals See more »

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Spoofs The Dunwich Horror (1970) See more »

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Music by Curt Sobel
Words by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Robert Jason
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Blend of tension and humour
27 January 2000 | by JunkillSee all my reviews

It is rare to find a film that can actually be funny and still mount very real tension (Ghostbusters and Galaxy Quest are two examples that have succeeded). This film does so in very good noir-ish style. Rife with inside jokes that should appeal to any fan of the hard-boiled detectives, horror movies, Lovecraft and film noir. Fred Ward and David Warner are perfectly suited in this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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