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Simon Magus (2001)

Simon Magus (2001)



Critic Consensus: This debut film of Ben Hopkins' effectively evokes an atmosphere of magic and mysticism.

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Simon Magus is a mystic who is hired by the Paris police to help them find a killer. In the process, he meets a spiritual French woman with whom he falls in love.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films


Noah Taylor
as Simon
Sean McGinley
as Maximillian Hase
Amanda Ryan
as Sarah
Rutger Hauer
as Count Albrecht, the Squire
Ian Holm
as Sirius/Boris/The Devil
Terence Rigby
as Bratislav
Toby Jones
as Buchholz
Jim Dunk
as Saul
Ursula Jones
as Rebecca
Cyril Shaps
as Chaim
Ken Dury
as Priest
Tom Fisher
as Thomas
Walter Sparrow
as Benjamin
Kathryn Hunter
as Grandmother
Maggie Steed
as Muttchen
Barry Davis
as Samuel the Cook
Frank Chresky
as Feyder the Forester
Lawrence Werber
as Zeidel the Carter
Hayley Carmichael
as Rabbit Woman
Phil McKee
as Railway Man
Brendan Charleson
as Hireling 1
Nitzan Sharron
as Joshua (age 21)
Nathan Grower
as Anshel
Zoe Buckman
as Beyle
Camilla Mars
as Shifrah
Sam Davies
as Joseph
Jacob Morris
as Simcha
Lexi Rose
as Miryem
Thomas Ingram
as Gimpel
James Lewys Cox
as Young Joshua
Linden Watts
as Matthis
Isla Graham
as Railway Man's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Simon Magus

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

The villain sneers, and someone in the film- score department is banging a timpani in slow motion, meaning there's probably tragedy around the corner, but things are too earnest and sleepy to be sure.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An odd but original, at times even poetic, film about a vanished world.

July 6, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Beautifully shot and lyrically told, Simon Magus is a beguiling study in contrasts, good and evil, darkness and light, hope and despair, joy and melancholy.

June 1, 2001
Associated Press
Top Critic

The more I think about Simon Magus, the less I'm sure what it's trying to say.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Hopkins shows masterful skill in shaping Simon's reality and unreality in this engrossing, suspenseful morality play.

April 26, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination.

March 30, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

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