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Top Customer Reviews
Hopkins portrays Corky Withers, a painfully shy but talented magician who overcomes his stage fright and ignites a meteoric rise to fame when he takes on a sidekick--an extroverted and bawdy ventriloquist's dummy he names Fats. As Corky's act becomes more and more popular and draws the attention of big-time agents and Hollywood brass, introverted and insecure Corky allows the artificial Fats personality to take control. And Fats will do anything--ANYTHING!--to help Corky keep his split personality a secret.
True, the plot of MAGIC is not totally original. Not only had a few cinema offerings already told the same basic story--1929's THE GREAT GABBO and a segment of the 1945 British anthology DEAD OF NIGHT, to name a few--but TV's ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (in an episode entitled "The Glass Eye") and THE TWILIGHT ZONE (in a segment called "The Dummy") also featured startlingly similar subject matter.Read more ›
Anthony Hopkins is utterly convincing as the fearful and hallucinating ventriloquist. His manic performance is dynamite; he will break your heart and send chills up your spine. Ann-Margret is good as the cheerleader turned haus frau, but doesn't look dowdy enough. Ed Lauter gives an excellent performance as her brutish husband. Burgess Meredith plays the sophisticated and worldly agent with regal aplomb and almost steals the show.
William Goldman's script is thrilling without resorting to gore, and the soundtrack, which is often simply a discordant harmonica solo, adds to the spookiness. I thoroughly recommend "Magic" to fans of Anthony Hopkins and psychological thrillers; you will not be disappointed.
I first saw this movie at about the age of six or seven when it premiered on network television. Of course I'd already been intrigued and frightened near to death by the super-creepy t.v. spot that ran in 1978 (kudos to other reviewers here for reminding me of that little gem after twenty-some years). While the film in no way dissuaged my intent on becoming a professional magician and ventriloquist, it did spook me pretty good. Now, after over a decade, I finally decided to revisit the past.
While the film certainly isn't great, it is nowhere near as bad as some people would have you believe. It also does not approach the level of banality to which Mr. Hopkins has, in recent years, apparently resigned himself. While I have never been old Tony's biggest booster, I think a case can be made for his performance here. If nothing else, the role is the perfect showcase for his acting style and those who go into the film loving him will only love him more. Ann-Margret does a good turn as Peggy-Ann Snow and Burgess Meredith trots out his usually excellent curmudgeon bit. While the whole dummy/ventriloquist personality swap is nothing new to the genre ("Dead of Night" as well as a Twilight Zone episode starring Cliff Robertson come to mind as but two forerunners), this film is nonetheless dark, bleak, menacing, creepy, powerful and very scary. It's not perfect. The love scene between Ann and Tony is even yuckier today than it was when I was five.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot of this film can be summed up quite briefly, and that's often, not a good sign. Our protagonist: Corky, a painfully shy magician with deplorable social skills (yet he has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ACRIMONIOUS
Great movie, never forgot it having seen many years ago. Quite surprised none of the cable movie channels never air it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dianne
Great performance by Anthony Hopkins; his performance is worth the price of admission. The way the movie plays out is "so so". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Ricco
Creepy & terrifying. I enjoyed this with my totally creeped out 11 year old!Published 4 months ago by Thomas Falls
Great DVD for my collection. Good deal from seller. Very Happy.Published 5 months ago by Just Frank
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Ann Margret was just imitating Fats as she walks toward the cabin. Her decision to leave with Corky has been made, and she is just feeling happy and playful, not knowing Corky's ultimate fate.
Dec 10, 2009 by Emiliano Feliberti | See all 4 posts
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i think so too. bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 7, 2011 by Joel, Holden | See all 2 posts
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