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Svengali (1983)

An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

Director:

Anthony Harvey

Writers:

Frank Cucci, George L. Du Maurier (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Anton Bosnyak
Jodie Foster ... Zoe Alexander
Elizabeth Ashley ... Eve Swiss
Larry Joshua ... Johnny Rainbow
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Trish
Barbara Bryne Barbara Bryne ... Mrs. Burns-Rizzo
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Hypnotist
Robin Thomas ... Mendy Weindenbaum
Brian Carney Brian Carney ... Abbot Renfrew
Madeleine Potter ... Antonia
Holly Hunter ... Leslie
Vera Mayer Vera Mayer ... Gizella
Stuart Charno ... Boomer
Peter Boruchowitz Peter Boruchowitz ... Chris
Tony Devon ... Ben
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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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Drama | Romance

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Quotes

Anton Bosnyak: I'm probably the greatest lover in the world.
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Connections

Version of Ella Lola, a la Trilby (1898) See more »

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One Dream at a Time
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
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"He stuck his fingers in my mouth and called me a pig..."
31 March 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

George L. Du Maurier's novel "Trilby", first filmed as "Svengali" in 1931 with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh, gets an embarrassing '80s make-over here, with New York bar-band singer Jodie Foster discovered and sent to vocal tutor extraordinaire Peter O'Toole for refinement. They share a begrudging relationship at first, accented by ego-mad Svengali O'Toole's stormy temperament, until Foster's Zoe eventually lands a record deal--putting into question her need to rely on this man who has come to be her mentor and love-interest. Well-produced for television, the movie gets off to a good start but eventually flags, with Foster unconvincing as a vocalist and O'Toole looking ragged and disinterested. There's a funny bit performance by a young Holly Hunter (whose screws are so loose, she clashes with the relatively somber tone of this piece), and Elizabeth Ashley has some fine moments near the beginning before she is unceremoniously lost in the shuffle.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ragazza e il professore See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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