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A Simple Wish (1997)

A bumbling fairy godfather tries to grant a girl's wish that her cabby father lands a Broadway role.

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
Jamie 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:

Sometimes, the best fairy godmother for the job is a man. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In an interview with the Nostalgia Critic, Mara Wilson stated that production of the film was a very hard time for her because of the recent death of her mother. She claims to have some regrets over her behavior on the set, describing her mind set as "being in a bad place". To this day, she has little recollection of making this film due to the depression she faced following the loss of her mother. She even says that she should not have been making a film at that time. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Claudia is magically forcing Anabel and Murray to do extensive ballet dancing]
Anabel: Help me, Murray!
Murray: Help *you*? HELP ME!
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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

References 2 Days in the Valley (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Far, Far Better Thing
Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Performed by Peter Samuels
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Pretty good, but starts way too slow for a family film.
10 May 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

8-year-old Wilson (still as sweet as when we saw her in MRS. DOUBTFIRE) wishes for her cabbie father Pastorelli to win the leading role in a Broadway adaptation of Dickens' A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and Short (still called a "fairy godmother" despite being a male) arrives to (attempt to) grant it to her. Fans of Short's comedy will get it, and even if you're not a fan of his work there are still some worthy moments; however, the story takes way too long to get going for a movie targeted at children. Capra's character also slows the movie down as Wilson's stereotypical punk older brother who's protective of his younger sister but is too cool to show it. The musical numbers in the theatre scenes are a nice touch, but it's difficult to give the movie brownie-points for it since the film itself is not a musical. Jaro Dick's set decoration and Luke Reichle's costume design is terrific. Hey! one of the Fairy Godmother's (Bunty Webb) was the 'Ay Caramba' Lady in TOMMY BOY!

** (out of four)


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Official Sites:

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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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