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September 18, 2016
It's impossible not to love this psychological thriller. With a scary doll, and one of the best trailers ever you'll be satisfied after watching this movie. A man goes crazy all, because of the health test, witch is crazy awsome. Great music too.
½ August 23, 2016
'Magic' isn't the first horror yarn centering on a ventriloquist dummy, nor is it the best one, either. But my god, Hopkins' performance is outstanding, managing to be both menacing and sympathetic. Not to be outdone, though, is the always fabulous Burgess Meredith in a supporting role.
½ June 29, 2016
Magic was one of two movies the wife and i have viewed today. Both of which i remember seeing once when i grew up as a young kiddo. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as a magician trying to make his break into mainstream success. After failing to capture the audience on opening night he is told by his dying mentor that he needs to utilize his charm to intrigue the audiences going forward. Fast forward to a year later when we see a packed house where Corky (Hopkins) is again performing only this time we see him using a ventriloquist act using a dummy named "fatso". Both Corky's agent and a rep from NBC is there to see this and Corky's act picks up the desired attention he was looking for. When Corky's agent tells him he just needs to get a psyche and physical check Corky is adamant about not doing one which puts a hold on his plans to be a star. The movie then plogs along giving the viewer a deep look into whether or not Fatso is real or Corky is just plain mad. Watching this at 8 or 9 was scary enough, but at 45 the scares werent there except for a couple of creepy moments. Great acting by Hopkins but the movie has not held up over the years in terms of general fright.

6/10
April 26, 2016
One of the more underrated gem's of the late 70's it was ruined by it's ad campaign and not many people getting it. It's less a horror film and more a story of both loss and mental trauma. Hopkins was always a shy guy who never was loud enough on his own to get the girl or suceed in life so he had to find another way to be loud which was through the dummy. It worked, but at the cost of his sanity. He finally steps up but at what price is he willing to pay? Is it worth sacrfycing stardom over his love or mental state?

Hopkins is outstanding and gave an award worthy performance. Oscar worthy but it was a strong year so he wouldn't have won. Margret was likeable, Ed Lauter played one of his few scummy roles well, and Meredith was Meredith as badass as ever. Great score by Jerry Goldsmith and Attenbrough did a great job dirrecting.

I'd highly recomind this if you love either character stories, creepy films, or tragedies. Not a horror film but it delivers the goods.
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2016
Sir Richard Attenborough's captivating, suspenseful tale which is based upon the best selling novel by William Goldman. Sir Anthony Hopkins is absolutely mesmerizing in a virtuoso performance that truly demonstrates his extraordinary range, he plays Corky Withers, a tormented ventriloquist & magician who is completely dominated by his vicious foul-mouth dummy named 'Fats, who manipulates him into to a series of violent and deadly confrontations all leading to a shocking conclusion. Astute direction by the late Attenborough, with terrific supporting performances by Ann Margret in a fine turn as Corky's lost love Peggy Ann Snow, the late Ed Lauter is superb as her jealous husband Duke, and the late great character actor Burgess Meredith delivers an exceptional performance as Corky's agent Ben Greene, in what is unarguably his best screen performance. But its Hopkins' brilliantly sublime and intense performance that totally steals this haunting psychological thriller. Highly Recommended.
July 4, 2015
The darker side of a ventriloquist's personality is overtaken by his demented dummy while he attempts a retreat to his hometown and renews acquaintances with his high school crush. Top grade psychological thriller that is effectively creepy; I like how the ventriloquist and the dummy always dress alike.
May 6, 2015
Good thriller/horror movie. Reminiscent of Psycho and The Collector. Hopkins and Ann-Margret are very good here, it's a shame Ann-Margret got such few opportunities to be in good movies. Stunningly beautiful woman, as I've said before. Interesting early role for Hopkins.
April 3, 2015
much better than it had any right to be really enjoyed hopkins does really well
February 5, 2015
Anthony Hopkins perfectly embodies the lead character Corky, a troubled ventriloquist who's doll "Fats" has become somewhat of his second personality. While some of the first act isn't entirely engaging, the film really takes a turn for the best all the way to the end once the central story kicks in. Is Corky mentally unsound, using Fats to commit horrendous acts? Or is Fats somehow conscious and manipulating Corky? Magic is a well acted, intense, at times charming and surprisingly sympathetic underrated gem with a heartbreaking finale.
January 19, 2015
Less of a horror film and more of a psychological thriller/character study, "Magic" is an eerie excursion into the disintegrating mind of a ventriloquist madman, boasting great performances from Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith.
January 9, 2015
A taught psychological horror from Richard Attenborough with Anthony Hopkins giving one of those performances he used to give before he became 'Anthony Hopkins' and all he had to do was turn up.
January 4, 2015
Initially creepy but quickly gets ridiculous
½ November 1, 2014
La regla general debería ser que todos los autores escribieran el guión para las películas basadas en sus obras, así como en Magic que supera a su homónimo literario.
November 1, 2014
Well played out horror/drama where a ventriloquist's attempt at rekindling his love life seems to be scuppered by his dummy!
July 29, 2014
Some good scenes, performances, and characters. But it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be. The film has a hard time deciding what it wants to be. I wish they would have blurred the line between whether Fats and Corky are the same person a little more than they did. If they could have built up the idea Fats was his own person without it being like Chucky it would have been a lot scarier. Which, coming into the movie, is what I thought they were going to do. This movie was probably a lot more scary when it came out 36 years ago.
July 28, 2014
Maybe it was already done in Dead of Night, however that segment hardly explored the idea to the depth that Magic does. William Goldman not only expanded the idea but improved it, and improved the plot, while the more up to date acting by Anthony Hopkins and the rest made a vast improvement from the skeleton formed in 1945. Magic fleshes out that skeleton, while making the gags run by Fats and Corkey legitimately funny. Magic makes madness beautiful in a way few films that have tried have been able to succeed in.
June 27, 2014
Haven't seen this in over 30 years but it always stuck with me. Little known psychological thriller with a very young Anthony Hopkins. Rent it.
May 19, 2014
An average thriller improved by Anthony Hopkins doing a great performance as both Corky and the dummy Fats, and surprisingly, doing ventriloquism and magic too.
March 29, 2014
Directed by Richard Attenborough, this was his first Hollywood film written by William Goldman, (adapted from his own 1976 novel). This psychological horror film owes a lot to a segment in the British horror anthology film Dead of Night (1945), but it manages to have an eerie and creepy mood which is very unsettling. It just shows how creepy ventriloquist's dummies can be. Charles "Corky" Withers (Anthony Hopkins) is trying to get into doing professional magic shows, but is struggling badly, however he finally hits the big time when he includes a foul mouthed dummy called Fats into his act, which is a huge success. His agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith) is on the verge of getting Corky his own TV show on NBC, but Corky chickens out at the last minute, claiming he's "afraid of success". He hops into a taxi, and drives into the Catskill Mountains, and hides at the home of his old high school crush Peggy Ann Snow (Ann-Margret), and they begin an affair, but Fats seems to have take on a personality of his own, or has he?? It's a very creepy film, and it's a shame Attenborough didn't attempt more films like this, as he was a dab hand at creating a tense mood here, (one reason he made this film was so he could get money to make Gandhi (1982)), but even he did "sell out" with this film, the final result is one of his best films.
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