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The Midas Touch (1997)

Drama about a 12-year-old boy who fantasises about having enough money to be able to cure his grandmother's serious heart condition. When he finds himself in a haunted house, the mysterious... See full summary »


Peter Manoogian

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trever O'Brien ... Billy
Ashley Tesoro ... Hannah (as Ashley Lyn Cafagna)
Joey Simmrin ... Leon
David Jeremiah ... Willy
Marla Cotovsky Marla Cotovsky ... Cora
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Granny
Shannon Welles Shannon Welles ... Madame Latimer (the Witch Lady)
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Guard
Theodor Danetti Theodor Danetti ... Old Man (as Teodor Daneti)
Peter Laci Peter Laci ... Boy #1
Mihai Radulescu Mihai Radulescu ... Boy #2
Michael Larkin Michael Larkin ... Kid #1
Gabriel Mican Gabriel Mican ... Kid #2 (as Gadriel Mican)
Ilinca Goia ... Miss Henderson
Jeff Brown Jeff Brown ... Policeman


Drama about a 12-year-old boy who fantasises about having enough money to be able to cure his grandmother's serious heart condition. When he finds himself in a haunted house, the mysterious owner 'grants' him one wish - the Midas touch. The boy soon learns that it is more of a curse than a blessing when everything he touches turns into gold. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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Everything He Touches... Turns to Gold! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and violence | See all certifications »



Romania | USA



Release Date:

30 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kid Midas See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Golden Egg...
23 May 2008 | by barnthebarnSee all my reviews

Interesting group of people involved here, Peter Manoogian a Full Moon Features regular having directed some of Full Moon's better output such as Seedpeople and Demonic Toys and many others casts Trever O'Brien (brother of Prehysteria's Austin) as Billy, a boy with an ill grandmother whom he loves dearly and victim of school bullies. When a stranger offers him one wish he asks for The Midas Touch and thus everything he touches turns to gold. He hangs out with Leon (another Hollywood brother, Joey Simmrin) and Hannah (Ashley Cafagna-Tesoro, also the star of Werewolf Reborn!). The production is fairly grand considering the budget with some amazing properties used and a really effective use of the Romanian countryside. The cast are not exceptional actors but still manage to be fairly appealing. Ashley Cafagna-Tesoro, here a slightly gormless tweenie, adds the necessary gamine appeal to the boyishness otherwise on show (incidently an older, quite stunning Ashley would land a recurring role in Saved By The Bell and then launch a country music career and with her husband, a religious foundation). Shannon Welles makes a fiery Witch and the owners of a small pawn store are also suitable 'baddies' after the secret to the gold source. Elements of the script truly rock, such as when Hannah slaps an irritating Leon who looks at her studiously, saying "I am opposed to all forms of violence". The film begins with young Billy receiving a massage from a young lady and continues this offbeat humour throughout. Billy's butler asks if he wants him to book the band 'Jam Pearl' and judging by the film generally I reckon such a band might be pretty good. Remember that The Midas Touch can be a curse as well as a blessing. Forget? Then watch this film!

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