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Anthony Hopkins is a ventriloquist psychologically tormented by his dummy in the Richard Attenborough thriller Magic (a film with a story that may seem familiar to those who have seen the Michael Redgrave segment of Michael Redgrave, or the Cliff Robertson episode "The Dummy" from Michael Redgrave television series). William Goldman based his screenplay on his best-selling novel. Hopkins plays Corky, a seedy magician who is hooted off the stage in the low-rent clubs that will stoop to hire him. But when he comes across a dummy named Fats, his career is energized. Corky sees in Fats everything he lacks himself -- confidence, creativity, and verbal agility. With the help of his agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith), Corky rises to the top of the nightclub circuit. But with Corky's success comes an increased paranoia, and he turns down a TV contract, believing that it would mean taking a medical examination and that rumors of his mental instability might leak out. Corky takes off to a Catskills resort, run by Peggy Ann Snow (Ann-Margret), an old girlfriend now unhappily married to a volatile hick (Ed Lauter). While a frustrated Ben high tails it to the Catskills to find Corky, Corky discovers that he still has feelings for Peggy, but lands in the middle of a love triangle between the woman and her husband, where his schizophrenic personality manifests itself and additional murders occur. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 8, 1978


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Hopkins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1978 Nominee


Anthony Hopkins
as Corky/Voice of Fats
as Peggy Ann Snow
Burgess Meredith
as Ben Greene
Ed Lauter
as Duke
Jerry Houser
as Cab Driver
Joe Lowry
as Club M.C.
David Ogden Stiers
as George Hudson Todson
Lillian Randolph
as Sadie
Beverly Sanders
as Laughing Lady
Robert Hackman
as Father
Brad Beesley
as Young Corky
Patrick McCullough
as Doorman
Mary Munday
as Mother


Richard Attenborough
C.O. Erickson
William Goldman
William Goldman
Book Author
Victor J. Kemper
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
C.O. Erickson
Executive Producer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Larry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Arne Schmidt
First Assistant Director
Hallie Smith-Simmons