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A Simple Wish (1997)

A bumbling male fairy godmother messes up his first assigment with a young girl, and must take on a witch to secure a new magic wand. With Kathleen Turner.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jeff Rothberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pastorelli ... Oliver
Ruby Dee ... Hortense
Francis Capra ... Charlie
Jonathan Hadary ... Lord Richard
Deborah Odell ... Jeri
Mara Wilson ... Anabel
Amanda Plummer ... Boots
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell ... Tony Sable
Kathleen Turner ... Claudia
Lanny Flaherty ... Duane
Teri Garr ... Rena
Martin Short ... Murray
Clare Coulter ... Ms. Bramble
Neil Foster ... Manny
Jaime Tirelli ... Joe
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Storyline

Male fairy godmother Murray ties to help 8-year-old Anabel fulfill her "simple wish" that her cab-driver father Oliver wins the leading role in a Broadway musical. Unfortunately, Murray's magic wand is broken, and the fairies' convention is threatened by evil witches Claudia and Boots. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fairy Godmothers aren't what they used to be. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Wish See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooks, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,732,880, 13 July 1997

Gross USA:

$8,345,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,345,056
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Ritchie's final film as a director. See more »

Goofs

As Oliver is chasing for the runaway driverless carriage, you can see a man driving the carriage. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: How DARE you mock me?
Murray: [in a mocking voice] How DARE you mock me?
Claudia: Cut it Out!
Murray: Cut it...!
[before he could finish Claudia grabs his throat]
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Crazy Credits

After "The Bubble Factory" at the start of the film, tricks are played for the next 4 frames: 1) "Feivbrsel Puctorus and Thn Beabla Uictsry Present" quickly rearranges itself to read "The Bubble Factory and Universal Pictures Present"; 2} "A Sheinberg Production" is first shown with "Sheinberg" rotated 180°; 3) "A Michael Ritchie Film" is first shown with the letters squashed to the right with the bottom of each letter unmoved - they each quickly right themselves; 4) The title is first shown as "A Simqle Wish" - the "q" then spins around its vertical axis, ending up as a "p". See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

From the Sticks
(1959)
Written and Performed by Buddy Rich
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

 
Simple, nice and amusing family film, with a charming performance from Mara Wilson
20 January 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A Simple Wish isn't a perfect family film, but it is a nice, simple and amusing one. Of course the story is a tad messy and predictable, it's all a bit basic and the script on the weak and cheesy side. But kids will definitely like it, and adults might too. The special effects are decent, there is some nice photography and costumes and the pacing is good, nice and skippy as I like it. Plus there are some fun moments, one of the funniest ones was the frog-in-your-throat scene, gross but quite amusing.

The acting wasn't that bad either. Martin Short does overact a bit, but he is clearly having fun as Murray. Mara Wilson, who I really like, gives a typically charming performance. Robert Pastorelli is giving little to do though, but Ruby Dee and Francis Capra give entertaining performances. But for me, it was Kathaleen Turner who stole the show, as her performance is delightfully wicked and so captivating as the villainess of the piece. I must also say the music was surprisingly excellent. All in all, this is a nice underrated film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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