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Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Stanley
Antonia Clarke ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Natasha Andrews Natasha Andrews ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Valérie Beaulieu Valérie Beaulieu ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Peter Wollasch Peter Wollasch ... Stage Manager
Jürgen Zwingel Jürgen Zwingel ... Backstage Fan
Wolfgang Pissors ... Backstage Fan
Sébastien Siroux Sébastien Siroux ... Backstage Fan
Simon McBurney ... Howard Burkan
Ute Lemper ... Cabaret Singer
Catherine McCormack ... Olivia
Eileen Atkins ... Aunt Vanessa
Erica Leerhsen ... Caroline
Jeremy Shamos ... George
Hamish Linklater ... Brice Catledge
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Storyline

Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her. Written by Anne Campbell

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magia a la luz de la luna See more »

Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$412,095, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,506,939, 7 November 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of Howard's cars is a red 1928 Alfa Romeo 1600 Sport. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, during Wei Ling Soo's performance, the Chinese words on the backdrop are simplified Chinese characters, which were introduced in 1935 and not officially used in mainland China until the mid-1950s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stanley: I don't understand. Is the conductor a blithering idiot? He went over the tempo six times. It's Adagio, Adagio, Adagio! It's not racehorse tempo.
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Connections

References Manhattan (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
Composed by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk
Performed by Conal Fowkes
Courtesy of Conal Fowkes
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Pleasantly delightful... or delightfully pleasant
29 July 2014 | by goofyballSee all my reviews

I find all of woody allen flicks interesting. Always an interesting subject no matter how good bad ugly great the movie is. This new one is no exception.

MITM is a totally pleasant whimsical delight... the actors are charming especially Emma Stone and Eileen Atkins as Colin Firth's aunt.

The humor is very light... whimsy is a good term... is it funny? For me NO... but it's also not unfunny. It's just this one long smile.

The scenery is gorgeous.

The story is smart hidden in a cute jacket.

The age difference between the two is maybe a tad much but the rom in this romcom is not the leading factor... at least for most of it. Maybe a Colin Firth from 15 years ago would have been a better lead but unless Woody has access to that time travel device in Midnight In Paris that was not an option.

As with some other Allen films there is a turn in direction at some point. Won't give anything away. Your enjoyment of the movie might hinge on how you feel after it goes after this point.

For me it may have lingered around too long towards the end.

Firth is good and likable but I did find some of his character's decisions to be too abrupt. But maybe that's just me. And some of his duologue felt a bit rushed and acted.

I wouldn't personally rank this as one of his recent greats like Paris, Jasmine, Match Point or VCB... but it's a fun summery concoction of scenery, whimsy and costumes.


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