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Simon Magus (1999)

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some ... See full summary »

Director:

Ben Hopkins

Writers:

Rob Cheek (story and development), Ben Hopkins
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Simon
Stuart Townsend ... Dovid Bendel
Sean McGinley ... Maximillian Hase
Embeth Davidtz ... Leah
Amanda Ryan ... Sarah
Rutger Hauer ... Count Albrecht, the Squire
Ian Holm ... Sirius / Boris / The Devil
Terence Rigby ... Bratislav
Toby Jones ... Buchholz
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Saul
Ursula Jones Ursula Jones ... Rebecca
Cyril Shaps ... Chaim
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Rabbi
Ken Drury ... Priest (as Ken Dury)
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Thomas
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Storyline

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some land so he can build a railway station, a ruthless businessman from the neighboring Gentile community uses Simon to find out who wants to buy the land, so he can "persuade" him otherwise. Written by Rob Hartill

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misfit - outcast - turncoat - prophet - hero See more »


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UK | USA | France | Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A sátán mágusa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,307, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,214, 22 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Jean Anderson (Roise). See more »

Quotes

[Hase is watching Simon shoveling food into his mouth]
Maximillian Hase: No, don't go, Buchholz, stay and watch Simon eat. It's... interesting.
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Soundtracks

Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
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A beautiful fairy-tale of the long-lost world
13 January 2006 | by sashamalchikSee all my reviews

This is a fairy tale about Jews and Christians in an Eastern European shtetl of the XIX century - a world that completely disappeared, which adds to the movie's sentimental value. A fairy tale about a "holy fool" that is generally charming, sometimes scary, brilliantly filmed, and visually arresting.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite do it for me - didn't fully step the line from reality into visual absurdity, but stayed at the threshold, which was somewhat irritating because I am generally not a fan of watching fairy tales on screen. Despite that, it left the best impression on me.


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