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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 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.
Nov 8, 1978 Wide
Jan 5, 1990
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Corky/Voice of Fats
Peggy Ann Snow
David Ogden Stiers
George Hudson Todson
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In adapting his own best-seller, William Goldman has opted for an atmospheric thriller, a mood director Richard Attenborough fleshes out to its fullest.
A hammed-up version of the old chestnut about the ventriloquist who is 'taken over' by his dummy, clumsily adapted by William Goldman from his own novel.
Magic has few scary moments and is really a rather maudlin examination of a nervous breakdown.
Because of Hopkins, because of Ann-Margret (who hardly looks like that Ann-Margret, adeptly proving herself as an occasional dramatic actress), and because of Burgess Meredith as well as Fats the dummy, "Magic" is one of the top-notch films of the 1970s.
A very well-crafted suspense-thriller that unfolds with one dramatically tense scene after another. Hopkins is superb.
Very likely to produce nightmares.
Still creepy story of Hopkins and his psychotic dummy.
Good cast can't keep this thriller afloat.
It's no dummy!
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