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Lord of Illusions (1995)

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... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Barker

Writers:

Clive Barker (story "The Last Illusion"), Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Harry D'Amour
J. Trevor Edmond ... Young Butterfield (as Trevor Edmond)
Daniel von Bargen ... Nix
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Philip Swann
Joseph Latimore ... Caspar Quaid
Sheila Tousey Sheila Tousey ... Jennifer Desiderio
Susan Traylor ... Maureen Pimm
Ashley Tesoro ... Young Dorothea (as Ashley Lyn Cafagna)
Michael Angelo Stuno Michael Angelo Stuno ... Lead Male Cultist
Keith Brunsmann Keith Brunsmann ... Snakeman
Barbara Patrick ... Lead Female Cultist
Wayne Grace ... Loomis
Mikey LeBeau Mikey LeBeau ... Exorcised Boy
Robb Humphreys Robb Humphreys ... D'Amours Demon
Jimmy Shaw ... Hotel Bellboy (as James Brandon Shaw)
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Storyline

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 Sam Beckett <drgr4000@mailszrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,293,081
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Seraphim Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with Nix getting inside Swann's head in the cultist compound was excised and never used for the theatrical version of the film, on the grounds that it slowed the pacing of the story. It was later inserted into the unrated director's cut. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Billy find the secret compartment that contains the documents there is a tin box on top of the paperwork, when the bundle is pulled-out, there is no sign of the tin box. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: 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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Alternate Versions

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;
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Connections

Referenced in Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Imagination
Written and Performed by Simon Boswell
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Not my taste, but well done
31 January 2006 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

While magician Nix entertains his young audience by holding fire and even juggling it, Philip Swann and others are rescuing young Dorothea, who has been kidnapped and is being held in the same building. In the process of getting the girl out, Nix is killed--or is he? 13 years later, New York private detective Harry D'Amour is hired to go to Los Angeles to work on an insurance fraud case. He visits a fortune teller and is shocked to see a man dying violently. There may be a connection between this death and Swann, who is now married to Dorothea.

Valentin works for Swann and wants D'Amour to meet with Dorothea, who wants D'Amour to work for him (and also looks good in a swimsuit). D'Amour goes to one of Swann's shows, where one of the illusions doesn't go as planned. This gives Swann something to investigate. An interesting investigation follows.

My primary motive for watching this movie was seeing Scott Bakula, who I liked in 'Quantum Leap'. D'Amour is intelligent and a smart-aleck, sometimes funny, with just the right mix of confidence and vulnerability; he did not disappoint. Had I judged the movie from just its first 10 minutes, to paraphrase a line spoken by one of Dorothea's rescuers, I would have said bury this thing deep where it can never again be found. The same applies to the horrifying, graphically violent ending. And there is plenty of blood and gore in between the opening and the final scenes. I'm pretty sure the language was cleaned up for UPN as well--who actually would say 'Forget you' in a theatrical film? Sometimes the audio didn't sound right in situations where profanity would be expected.

The movie had redeeming qualities, though. Kevin O'Connor showed confidence onstage but often seemed afraid or nervous otherwise--I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and call that good acting. Vincent Schiavelli had a brief but effective scene as an illusionist in a meeting with others practicing the profession. Joel Swetow was good as Valentin.

Although they were not what I would call entertaining, I would say the visual effects were quality work. Certainly the gore factor was quite high, but someone did an impressive job with what is called morphing.

And Daniel von Bargen did an outstanding job as the very frightening Nix. I did not like the character at all, but one has to be impressed with the talent shown.


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