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A Simple Wish (1997)

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a ... See full summary »

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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

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win 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

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Anabel made a wish. Murray made a mess See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir dilek tut 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,119,205, 24 August 1997
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with the Nostalgia Critic, Mara Wilson stated that production of the film was a very hard time for her because of the recent death of her mother. She claims to have some regrets over her behavior on the set, describing her mind set as "being in a bad place". To this day, she has little recollection of making this film due to the depression she faced following the loss of her mother. She even says that she should not have been making a film at that time. See more »

Goofs

When Murray casts a wish in the school corridor, the red paper and pictures on the noticeboard behind him disappear and re-appear numerous times. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Good evening!
Rena: No, Claudia, No! You really shouldn't be here. You can't be here.
Claudia: Now, how can you say that I can't be here when I already am? It's just not logical.
Rena: No, no, no!
Claudia: This is my faithful companion, Boots.
Boots: Hi, hi, hi!
Rena: You know Claudia, since you left us, rumor has it that you've gone into the darkside.
Claudia: Ha! A witch? Moi? Oh, you can't be serious. Do I look like a witch to you?
Rena: Well, you know, you really should leave because if Hortense was to see you here, I could lose my own wand.
Claudia: No, ...
[...]
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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 »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything's Coming Up Roses
(1959)
Music by Jule Styne
Written by Stephen Sondheim
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It's only down side is... what?!?
14 June 2000 | by miller-moviesSee all my reviews

I am sick and tired of people criticizing films just because they happen to be family movies, or G-rated, such as SCTV Fan did in the front page User Comments to this movie. I am well into my 50's, and just happen to enjoy well made family movies! This one is well made. I've seen others recently, such as Bicentennial Man, Dinosaur, My Favorite Martian, The Straight Story, Disney's Tarzan and Fantasia 2000. My simple wish is, hopefully, that this is a trend away from the profanity and gore that makes up 75% of today's films. These movie producers are making such movies because: 1: they are allowed to, 2: the public is gullible to buy tickets to see them, 3: they can't take the time to make an intelligent film with language the whole family can listen to and understand, and action that is within limits of decency.

My Simple Wish is not quite up to the quality of the movies I've listed above, but I thank the producers for making it, and thanks to IMDb for letting me have my soapbox.


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