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Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft
David Warner ... Amos Hackshaw
Julianne Moore ... Connie Stone
Clancy Brown ... Harry Bordon
Alexandra Powers ... Olivia Hackshaw
Charles Hallahan ... Det. Morris Bradbury
Arnetia Walker ... Hypolite Kropotkin
Raymond O'Connor ... Tugwell
Peter Allas ... Det. Otto Grimaldi
Lee Tergesen ... Larry Willis / Lilly Sirwar
Ritch Brinkley ... Owl Wagon Manager
Jaime Cardriche ... Zombie
John De Bello ... Crooner
David Downing ... Thadius Pilgrim
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Butler Meadows
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Storyline

In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones". Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cast a Deadly Spell See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Nightclub owned by Harry Bordon is called The Dunwich Room, a reference to H P Lovecraft's famous stories The Dunwich Horror and The Shuttered Room. See more »

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The guide wire on the oatmeal demon is visible as it flies to attack the restaurant manager. See more »

Quotes

Connie Stone: I heard something about you at the club.
Phil Lovecraft: Such as?
Connie Stone: You don't use magic.
Phil Lovecraft: You heard right.
Connie Stone: How do you expect to get out of dumps like this if you don't start playing the game?
Phil Lovecraft: Seems to me we've already had this discussion.
Connie Stone: Everybody uses magic.
Phil Lovecraft: I don't.
Connie Stone: What have you got to show for it? Fly-specked office, a broken-down car and a ugly necktie, that's what all this integrity buys you. Damn it, everybody's got to compromise.
Phil Lovecraft: That's what I keep hearing.
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Travel Near East #1
Written by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Capitol Production Music
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Greatest movie that's never seen
5 October 1998 | by Hokum-2See all my reviews

This is such a fun movie, everyone I've shown it to has tried to swipe my rather beat up copy... If you're a fan of hardboiled detectives, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, horror mixed with comedy, Fred Ward, or watching movies in slow motion to find all sorts of cool stuff going on in the background, then this film is for you...

Sadly, you CAN NOT PURCHASE this film, unless you find it used. HBO only released it to video rental stores, even though it's lesser sequel is available just about anywhere. To make matters worse, all tapes come with a Macrovision copy block. Bummer...

So, if you can find it, grab it quick, before someone else does!


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