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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stanley
Antonia Clarke ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Natasha Andrews ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Valérie Beaulieu ... Wei Ling Soo's Assistant
Peter Wollasch ... Stage Manager
Jürgen Zwingel ... Backstage Fan
... Backstage Fan
Sébastien Siroux ... Backstage Fan
... Howard Burkan
... Cabaret Singer
... Olivia
... Aunt Vanessa
... Caroline
... George
... Brice Catledge
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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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Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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15 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magia a la luz de la luna  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Woody Allen's fourth film with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, after Manhattan (1979), Anything Else (2003) and Blue Jasmine (2013). 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 »

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[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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Referenced in La noche de...: Magia a la luz de la luna (2017) See more »

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You Do Something To Me
Composed by Cole Porter
Performed by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Magical, what else? Lovely story, great acting, beautiful sets, shall I go on?
19 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Stanley (Colin Firth) is a famous magician in the Roaring Twenties Europe. He performs in a Chinese costume, the rage at the time. Yes, he is great. But, he is a little dictator to the rest of his crew, spewing out orders right and left. One day, an old friend, Howard (Simon McBurney), also a magician but not quite as well known, comes for a visit. Its more than a friendly chat. Howard brings word about a young medium named Sophie (Emma Stone) who he, Howard, believes is hoodwinking a wealthy family who lives in the south of France. However, Howard has seen her in action and CANNOT discover her secret. Could Stanley come and investigate? Ho ho, indeed he can, for in addition to magical tricks, our Stanley loves unmasking frauds who claim to have paranormal powers when everyone KNOWS there is no such thing. There is no spirit world, no afterlife, no ghosts, etc. That's what Stanley firmly believes and he has ripped off the disguise of many a huckster. So, to France the two go. Yet, Stanley is about to face a formidable foe. He finds Sophie beautiful, intelligent, and gifted. In addition, after seeing her in action, Stanley is aghast to discover that he can't understand her talents either, especially after she tells him some of Stanley's family secrets. This man runs to the home of his nearby aunt (Eileen Atkins) and plots how to further the cast. Will Sophie be found to be, gulp, the genuine item? Is there a paranormal world? This lovely film has it all, my view. It has a great story, with many a memorable line. Allen is surely the best screenwriter of all eternity. Then, the actors are terrific. Firth and Stone are dazzling stars while McBurney, Marcia Gay Harden, Atkins, Jackie Weaver, and all of the rest give terrific support. Next, the scenery is the kind to put your eyes out while the costumes, cinematography, and lively direction make for a most enjoyable film. My only criticism is that Firth and Stone are too far apart in age to really be a romantic couple, especially with Stone made to look as young as possible. Nevermind, because its not really important. What's important is that YOU go see these magical film before the next moon rises.


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