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A Simple Wish (1997)

A bumbling male fairy godmother messes up his first assigment with a young girl, and must take on a witch to secure a new magic wand. With Kathleen Turner.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jeff Rothberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pastorelli ... Oliver
Ruby Dee ... Hortense
Francis Capra ... Charlie
Jonathan Hadary ... Lord Richard
Deborah Odell ... Jeri
Mara Wilson ... Anabel
Amanda Plummer ... Boots
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell ... Tony Sable
Kathleen Turner ... Claudia
Lanny Flaherty ... Duane
Teri Garr ... Rena
Martin Short ... Murray
Clare Coulter ... Ms. Bramble
Neil Foster ... Manny
Jaime Tirelli ... Joe
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Storyline

Male fairy godmother Murray ties to help 8-year-old Anabel fulfill her "simple wish" that her cab-driver father Oliver wins the leading role in a Broadway musical. Unfortunately, Murray's magic wand is broken, and the fairies' convention is threatened by evil witches Claudia and Boots. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Your wish is his command... sort of. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Glenn Close and Cathy Moriarty where considered for the role of Claudia. See more »

Goofs

When Murray casts a wish in the school corridor, the red paper and pictures on the noticeboard behind him disappear and re-appear numerous times. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Everything is fine. No, nothing is wrong. Hortense... is flat.
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Crazy Credits

After "The Bubble Factory" at the start of the film, tricks are played for the next 4 frames: 1) "Feivbrsel Puctorus and Thn Beabla Uictsry Present" quickly rearranges itself to read "The Bubble Factory and Universal Pictures Present"; 2} "A Sheinberg Production" is first shown with "Sheinberg" rotated 180°; 3) "A Michael Ritchie Film" is first shown with the letters squashed to the right with the bottom of each letter unmoved - they each quickly right themselves; 4) The title is first shown as "A Simqle Wish" - the "q" then spins around its vertical axis, ending up as a "p". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Haunted Mansion (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

From the Sticks
(1959)
Written and Performed by Buddy Rich
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Yes it's a family movie and a good one!
10 January 2002 | by clicchiSee all my reviews

This movie made my daughter (7) laugh so much .. it made me laugh too just through her at first. Later I found myself remembering some of the scenes and laughing to myself. The slapstick and silliness appeal to the child in everyone. Yes, I grew up loving the Three Stooges shorts and Short uses their antics in no short supply. From the opening scenes Murrey shows us what kind on stooge he really is and it just develops from there as the film moves through it's plot. It's not a bad plot as family movies go. Kathleen Turner puts in a wicked performance as a villainous witch. The special effects are good and used in a way that compliments the funniness of the scenes and aren't just there to dazzle or put there arbitrarily. I saw a comment on another Short movie that fits the bill here too. I'm going to change it while keeping the spirit of it intact. If you don't get the meaning of slapstick humor then (there's nothing to get just ...let it happen) go rent a George Carlin standup video instead. There's some very funny scenes here and a decent plot so I'll rate this family comedy for what it is at a solid 7 stars.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Wish See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooks, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,732,880, 13 July 1997

Gross USA:

$8,345,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,345,056
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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