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Ordinary Magic (1993)

When his father dies, Jeffrey (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly) in Canada. Once there he leads his aunt and his friends in staging a non-violent hunger... See full summary »

Director:

Giles Walker

Writers:

Malcolm Bosse (novel), Jefferson Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Ganesh / Jeffrey
Glenne Headly ... Charlotte
David Fox ... Father / Warren
Anver Jameel Anver Jameel ... Running Boy
Kamalini Selvarajan Kamalini Selvarajan ... Indian Teacher
Denavaka Hamine Denavaka Hamine ... Vani
Sillaiyoor Selvarajan Sillaiyoor Selvarajan ... Doctor
Heath Lamberts ... Mayor
Joe Roncetti Joe Roncetti ... Tom
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Pitky
Ron White ... Rick
Mark Wilson ... Mr. Harris
Cara Pifko ... Lucy
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Phys. Ed. Teacher
James Bulliard ... Mick
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When his father dies, Jeffrey (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly) in Canada. Once there he leads his aunt and his friends in staging a non-violent hunger strike to try to save his aunt's house from being demolished to make room for a ski resort. Written by Ellen Davis

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ganesh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Written and Composed by Cat Stevens
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A beautiful feel good film
1 July 2004 | by bradley-matchettSee all my reviews

This morning I was flipping through the channels on television and came across this film which had started only about 15 minutes before.

I was immediately interested in watching the film and put aside my plans to go out until the film had finished. I was completely riveted to the screen by handsome young Ryan Reynolds and his extraordinary performance as Jeffrey. Mr. Reynolds Indian accent seemed very realistic to me, and I was very impressed with his dedication to the role, even going so far as to learn some of the Yoga the role required him to do.

In some sense the storyline was familiar (David versus Goliath), but it is a wonderful film with good performances by all including Glenn Headley as Jeffrey's aunt and an over the top performance by singer Paul Anka as the manipulative land developer who will not take no for an answer when Jeffrey's aunt refuses to sell her house.

Eventually Jeffrey teaches the townspeople and his aunt some lessons in acceptance and in standing up and fighting for what you believe in. This film will give you hope about the good in people and will leave you feeling very nice at the end.


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