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Rough Magic (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 May 1997 (USA)
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Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who ... See full summary »

Director:

Clare Peploe

Writers:

James Hadley Chase (novel), Robert Mundi (screenplay) (as Robert Mundy) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Myra Shumway
Russell Crowe ... Alex Ross
Jim Broadbent ... Doc Ansell
D.W. Moffett ... Cliff Wyatt
Kenneth Mars ... Magician
Paul Rodriguez ... Diego
Andy Romano ... Clayton
Richard Schiff ... Marvin Wiggins
Euva Anderson Euva Anderson ... Tojola, Diego's Wife
Michael Ensign ... Powerbroker
Gabriel Pingarrón Gabriel Pingarrón ... Telegraph Man (as Gabriel Pingarrón González)
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Policeman #1
Mark Morante Mark Morante ... Clayton's Assistant (as Mark Del Castillo Morante)
Rene Pereyra Rene Pereyra ... Policeman #2 (as René Pereyra)
Christopher Otto Christopher Otto ... Mechanic (as Chris Otto)
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Storyline

Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who will teach her ancient principles of magic. She is being trailed by a detective hired by her fiancé. He's a former photojournalist traumatized by what he saw in Hiroshima. The photojournalist joins her in the search for the Mayan shaman, and falls in love with her; the feeling is not reciprocated. When she finds the shaman, she drinks a potion which empowers her to do magic. The potion has life-changing effects on her and her relationship with her companion. They have strange experiences which are brought about by magic. Written by <Lisane7@aol.com>

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In the world of magic, the hand is quicker than the eye and love is the wild card.


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Rated PG-13 for sex-related content and some violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The car is a yellow 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible. See more »

Quotes

Alec Ross: I'm your guardian angel.
Myra: You don't look so angelic to me.
Alec Ross: Well, you know, standards are down all over.
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Remake of Miss Shumway Goes West (1963) See more »

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El Cihualteco
Traditional
Arranged by Jesus Reyes
Performed by Mariachi Reyes Del Aserradero
Courtesy of Discos Corazón
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A delightful find.
2 February 2003 | by mhollenSee all my reviews

"Rough Magic" is a funny, sophisticated piece of fluff about losing and finding one's heart. Russell Crowe looks young and sweet. The Mexican Spanish spoken is entertaining, and Peploe's use of Mayan Indians and a kind of eclectic shamanism mixed with magic rings emotionally true. I loved this film and you will, too, if you are not too hung up on logic.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,026, 1 June 1997

Gross USA:

$247,202

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,202
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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