Magic

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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 and infinitely better done in The Great Gabbo and Dead of Night. Hopkins starts over the top and soars even higher. Ann-Margret is wasted, and only Burgess Meredith (as the ventriloquist's ill-fated agent) comes out of the farrago with any honours. This is not a genre that suits Attenborough's 'epic' approach to movie-making.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Attenborough
Screenwriter: William Goldman
Cast: Anthony Hopkins
Ann-Margret
Burgess Meredith
Ed Lauter
Jerry Houser
David Ogden Stiers

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Dark Star

I'm a film buff and like to consider my taste in movies pretty good. I really got into this movie, and I think it's very well done. People, as always, are more than willing to shoot films down with criticism, but this is a movie that deserves credit. Anthony Hopkins does a great job in portraying the role and with his edginess makes it awkward to watch at times. He is a true, deep screen actor and this has inspired me to go through his other work. And the puppet was very well shot to seem more and more creepy as the film went on from such shots as against the window looking out at night and perched up on a chair in the dark. Of course, this could be a case for taste on my part, but for people who have respect for decent movies, this sure as hell ain't one of em.

Dark Star

I'm a film buff and like to consider my taste in movies pretty good. I really got into this movie, and I think it's very well done. People, as always, are more than willing to shoot films down with criticism, but this is a movie that deserves credit. Anthony Hopkins does a great job in portraying the role and with his edginess makes it awkward to watch at times. He is a true, deep screen actor and this has inspired me to go through his other work. And the puppet was very well shot to seem more and more creepy as the film went on from such shots as against the window looking out at night and perched up on a chair in the dark. Of course, this could be a case for taste on my part, but for people who have respect for decent movies, this sure as hell ain't one of em.