Rough Magic

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A cack-handed venture into Romancing the Stone territory (from the James Hadley Chase novel Miss Shumway Waves a Wand), miscast, racist, old-fashioned, and all in all not much fun. Nice scenery, though. As a magician's assistant who takes off for Mexico to consult a shamen, Fonda lacks the charisma to hold this ramshackle lark together, while Peploe's duff special effects aren't exactly magical. The funniest sequence is also the most offensive: a comic-relief Mexican heavy is transformed into a fat sausage, and promptly eaten by a dog. Oh yes, and Bridget lays an egg.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Clare Peploe
Screenwriter: Paul Alexander, Clare Peploe, Robert Mundy, William Brookfield
Cast: Bridget Fonda
Russell Crowe
Jim Broadbent
DW Moffet
Paul Rodriguez
Euva Anderson
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