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During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago, Nix was gunned down by his best trainee Swann. In the meantime Swann is advanced to a popular illusionist like David Copperfield and is married to the charming Dorothea. She hires D'Amour to protect Swann against the evil cult members. A short time later Swann is killed by one of his own tricks and the occurrences are turning over, and it crackles between Dorothea and D'Amour.Written by
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The picture started out as a Polygram Filmed Entertainment production, under the guidance of Steve Golin and Sigurjon Sighvatsson. When Polygram encountered financial woes, the film was sold off to MGM/UA, who were looking for films to release under their newly re-established United Artists banner. See more »
When D'amour throws Nix down the hole at the end, you can see that the hole is not rock but burlap walled. See more »
There are two worlds of magic. One is the glittering domain of the illusionist. The other is a secret place, where magic is a terrifying reality. Here, men have the power of demons. And Death itself is an illusion.
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The DVD version features the Director's Cut. In addition to the longer version, the DVD also has some additional deleted scenes in the supplemental features section. These are all in rough form (no soundtrack, no post-production):
more scenes set in Nix's compound, showing Jennifer and Maureen meeting a few of Nix's cult followers;
a longer version of the scene where D'Amour and Billy break into the magician's repository. Harry briefly talks to Billy about his dead wife;
Dorothea trying to reach Harry on the phone, then watching TV in her house after Swann's death and starting to cry;
Alright, so maybe this wasn't a great adaption of his short story, the Last Illusion, but it was one hell of a ride. The special effects aren't overdone, the acting was up to par, and the direction was marvelous. This movie is so gritty, its tone is perfect. Bakula may have been a bit too emotionless in a scene or two, but overall he was wonderful as the detective who gets caught up in the trickery, and the evil. There is also one or two funny moments, very very well placed. Of course, to fully appreciate the movie, you must watch the directors cut, with a couple extra scenes, that actually add a lot to the plotline, and the surreality of it all. Great stuff Clive!
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