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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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Charlie
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Lord Richard
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Ms. Bramble
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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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Fairy Godmothers aren't what they used to be. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Bir dilek tut  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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

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

The Best of Times
Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Performed by Peter Samuels
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An amusing little tale
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was a fun film, and part of what made the film amusing was that the actors/actresses really seemed to be enjoying themselves. The story is cute, about a bumbling male fairy godmother (Martin Short) who screws up a wish to the first child under his care and has to help set things straight by rescuing magic wands from a former fairy godmother turned witch (Kathleen Turner) and her dog turned human, Boots (the great Amanda Plummer). It's a very original idea, which is rare amongst family films these days which all seem to be remakes or rehashed films. The only real downside to this film (keeping in mind, of course, that it is aimed towards kids) is that some of the dialogue is *really* cheezy and unbelievable (The 10 year-old I was watching over while watching this film kept said 'gimme a break' and 'yeah, right' at a couple of points in the film...and it's one of her favs;) The effects were fun, Martin Short was funny (most of the time...he tends to overdo it at certain moments) and Amanda Plummer really shines..all in all, a good film to watch with one's children. 7/10.


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