Magic

Magic

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Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

     
 

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Anthony Hopkins is a ventriloquist psychologically tormented by his dummy in the Richard Attenborough thriller Magic (a film with a story that may seem familiar to those who have seen the Michael Redgrave segment of Dead of Night, or the Cliff Robertson episode "The Dummy" from The Twilight Zone television series). William Goldman based hisSee more details below

Overview

Anthony Hopkins is a ventriloquist psychologically tormented by his dummy in the Richard Attenborough thriller Magic (a film with a story that may seem familiar to those who have seen the Michael Redgrave segment of Dead of Night, or the Cliff Robertson episode "The Dummy" from The Twilight Zone television series). William Goldman based his screenplay on his best-selling novel. Hopkins plays Corky, a seedy magician who is hooted off the stage in the low-rent clubs that will stoop to hire him. But when he comes across a dummy named Fats, his career is energized. Corky sees in Fats everything he lacks himself -- confidence, creativity, and verbal agility. With the help of his agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith), Corky rises to the top of the nightclub circuit. But with Corky's success comes an increased paranoia, and he turns down a TV contract, believing that it would mean taking a medical examination and that rumors of his mental instability might leak out. Corky takes off to a Catskills resort, run by Peggy Ann Snow (Ann-Margret), an old girlfriend now unhappily married to a volatile hick (Ed Lauter). While a frustrated Ben high tails it to the Catskills to find Corky, Corky discovers that he still has feelings for Peggy, but lands in the middle of a love triangle between the woman and her husband, where his schizophrenic personality manifests itself and additional murders occur.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Anthony Hopkins has claimed that playing Hannibal Lecter was simple once he nailed down the character's distinctive voice. Over a decade earlier, Hopkins delivered another great vocal performance as Fats. Before Corky becomes a ventriloquist, he is already a sweaty jumble of neuroses. Anybody who saw this man walking down the street would realize he is in need of professional help. Once Fats enters the picture, his nasal but forceful voice is both insistent and grating. The voice is a great piece of acting because it is easy to imagine oneself looking as disturbed as Corky if this voice were inside you all the time and had no way to release itself. Magic's suspense plot is overwrought and unoriginal, but Hopkins' performance gives the film a freshness and an energy it would otherwise lack.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0030306769899
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Dark Sky Films
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
7,787

Special Features

Fats & Friends featurette; An interview with Victor J. Kemper A.S.C.; An interview with Anthony Hopkins; Anthony Hopkins radio interview; Ann-Margret make-up test; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Radio spots; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Corky/Voice of Fats
Ann-Margret Peggy Ann Snow
Burgess Meredith Ben Greene
Ed Lauter Duke
E.J. Andre Merlin
Jerry Houser Cab Driver
David Ogden Stiers George Hudson Todson
Lillian Randolph Sadie
Joe Lowry Club M.C.
Robert Hackman Father
Beverly Sanders Laughing Lady
Patrick McCullough Doorman
Mary Munday Mother
Scott Garrett Corky's brother
Brad Beesley Young Corky
Michael Harte Minister

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
William Goldman Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Richard J. Lawrence Art Director
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Richard P. Levine Producer
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Arne Schmidt Asst. Director
Hallie Smith-Simmons Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Magic
1. Opening Credits [1:38]
2. Amateur Night [5:52]
3. We're Gonna Be a Star! [8:19]
4. Deal Breaker [9:14]
5. Peggy Ann's Cabin [12:16]
6. Three of Clubs [9:23]
7. Stop the Postman! [17:25]
8. Duke Returns [9:35]
9. Lake Cruise [7:19]
10. Two Birds With One Stone [6:21]
11. I'll Tell Everybody [10:02]
12. Wooden Heart [7:05]
13. End Credits [2:14]

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