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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasseur de sorcières See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposedly set in 1953 (although that's a little vague). Six minutes into the film, however, Dennis Hopper's character passes an appliance store selling TV's. Prominently featured is the Philco Holiday Predicta model which wasn't introduced until 1958, Other cultural anachronisms including some of the fashions were more indicative of the late '50's than 1953. 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

Features The Big Combo (1955) 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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Fun little detective story mixed with magic.
16 January 2000 | by Kai-18See all my reviews

Dennis Hopper is good in this decent murder mystery with an interesting twist and yet another shot at McCarthey-ism (not enough films like that, I just don't like that McCarthy guy). Anyway the characters are good and though the FX aren't big budget they are used with originality. Fun movie with some good moments (like the zombie, lateral movement thing). And it's a nice time killer too.


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