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Witch Hunt (1994)

In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it.

Director:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... H. Phillip Lovecraft
Penelope Ann Miller ... Kim Hudson
Eric Bogosian ... Sen. Larson Crockett
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Hypolyta Kropotkin
Julian Sands ... Finn Macha
Valerie Mahaffey ... Trudy
John Epperson ... Vivian Dart (as Lypsinka)
Debi Mazar ... The Manicurist
Alan Rosenberg ... N.J. Gottlieb
Christopher John Fields ... Lt. Morris Bradbury
John Durbin ... Brackett
Gregory Bell Gregory Bell ... Shakespeare
Terry Camilleri ... Minister
Christopher Darga ... G-man #1 (as Chris Darga)
Stanley DeSantis ... Sidney
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Storyline

Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the tallents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Reminiscent of Roger Rabbit, without the toons. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's a new kind of evil, as old as time.

Genres:

Crime | Fantasy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boszorkányüldözés See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sheryl Lee Ralph replaces Arnetia Walker in the role of Hypolita in this movie. Both actresses have appeared in the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls". See more »

Goofs

After waking up at Vivian Dart's house, Lovecraft applies ice to his forehead although he was soundly hit on the back of his head. See more »

Quotes

Senator Crockett: I'll tell ya what yer gonna get, yer gonna get double-digit inflation, and a designated hitter, and wars in countries you've never even heard of! Now that's what I call a world without magic!
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Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jalacy Hawkins)
Performed by Nina Simone
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innovative spin on film noir
6 June 2003 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

"Witch Hunt" is an ideal TV-movie strengthened by the tiny aspects that make it whole. The humor is offbeat and effective; the attention to color and set design is wonderfully evocative of the 1950s; the musical score (by David Lynch mainstay Angelo Badalamenti) sets an appropriate mood; and the well-shaded, blackly humorous performances are something else. The story combines a film noir attitude with the popularity of magic in Hollywood, and a McCarthyesque politician trying to put a stop to it. Granted, the plot seems to get too complicated near the end, but the commitments of Dennis Hopper, Penelope Ann Miller, Julian Sands, and especially the reptilian Eric Bogosian elevate "Witch Hunt" above your standard rental fare. Worth a look.

6/10


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