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A Simple Wish (1997)

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jeff Rothberg
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win 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:

Anabel made a wish. Murray made a mess See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den gode fe 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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only film where Mara Wilson appeared with Martin Short. See more »

Goofs

As Oliver is chasing for the runaway driverless carriage, you can see a man driving the carriage. 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 »

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Sabre Dance
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User Reviews

 
An amusing little tale
21 February 2001 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

This was a fun film, and part of what made the film amusing was that the actors/actresses really seemed to be enjoying themselves. The story is cute, about a bumbling male fairy godmother (Martin Short) who screws up a wish to the first child under his care and has to help set things straight by rescuing magic wands from a former fairy godmother turned witch (Kathleen Turner) and her dog turned human, Boots (the great Amanda Plummer). It's a very original idea, which is rare amongst family films these days which all seem to be remakes or rehashed films. The only real downside to this film (keeping in mind, of course, that it is aimed towards kids) is that some of the dialogue is *really* cheezy and unbelievable (The 10 year-old I was watching over while watching this film kept said 'gimme a break' and 'yeah, right' at a couple of points in the film...and it's one of her favs;) The effects were fun, Martin Short was funny (most of the time...he tends to overdo it at certain moments) and Amanda Plummer really shines..all in all, a good film to watch with one's children. 7/10.


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