A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to Earth.

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Robert Kurtzman

Writer:

Peter Atkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angus Scrimm ... Narrator (voice)
Ari Barak Ari Barak ... Zoroaster
Jake McKinnon ... Skeleton Man
Greg Funk ... Snake Man
Andrew Divoff ... The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest
Richard Assad ... Persian King
Robert Englund ... Raymond Beaumont
Ted Raimi ... Ed Finney
Dan Hicks ... Customs Official (as Danny Hicks)
Joseph Pilato ... Mickey Torelli (as Josef Pilato)
Tom Kendall Tom Kendall ... Etchison
John Byner ... Doug Clegg
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Shannon Amberson (as Wendy Benson)
Chris Lemmon ... Nick Merritt
Tony Crane ... Josh Aickman
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Storyline

In the beginning of the times, God created life into universe: light gave birth to angels, earth to men and fire to djin, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a djin shall be given three wishes. Upon granting the third, an unholy legion of djins are freed through a doorway between the worlds upon the Earth. In 1127 A.D., in Persia, a sorcerer lures and traps a powerful Djinn in the stone of secret fire. In the present days, a drunken crane operator drops the valuable statue of Ahura Mazda over the assistant of Raymond Beaumont on the harbor, and one worker finds the huge and priceless opal red stone where Djin is seized. Alexandra Amberson, who works in an auction house, receives the stone for evaluation and accidentally awakes Djin. The evil creature is released later, charges the stone with people souls and feeds with their fears, while chasing Alexandra to force to make three wishes and unleash the demoniac fiends upon Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Your next wish could be your last... See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Robert Kurtzman: as man killed by piano wire at the museum gala. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the Beaumont party scene, Alex and the security guys are in the hallway with the killer statues. One of the security men falls to the floor and his earpiece falls off. Throughout the scene, it keeps changing position from being on the floor next to him, to back on his ear, to being on his ear in a different position. See more »

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Narrator: Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn will be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn will be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is... FEAR THE DJINN.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the Djinn says "Careful what you wish for." See more »

Alternate Versions

German TV version and some DVDs (rated "Not under 16") are heavily cut for violence, obtaining most of the gore shown in the party-scene near the end of the movie. VHS and DVD releases (rated "Not under 18") are uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Thr3e (2006) See more »

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Crossing Rivers
Written by Dito Montiel (as Orlando Monria) and Daniel Hulsizer (as Danny Hulsizer)
Performed by Southpaw
Courtesy of Hit & Run Music
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12 August 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Geez, after reading all the thumbs-down reviews, I feel almost embarrassed. I _liked_ Wishmaster. No, the idea of wishes-gone-awry isn't particularly original, but there are still some interesting elements done with it: a guard says he'd like to see the Djinn go through him and...it does (heh). Tammy Lauren is adequate as the spunky heroine, and Andrew Divoff (mostly consigned to minor B-villain roles - check him out in the Highlander TV series) makes a chilling threat. Jenny O'Hara makes the most of her role as resident supernatural expert. Yes, the gore is excessive, but I'm not sure if that's a concession to the 90's audience, or a directorial conceit - I'm willing to assume its the former. For a supernatural thriller/horror (as opposed to a Scream-type slasher/thriller), Wishmaster strikes me as one of the better efforts to come along since the last Nightmare and the first Candyman.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,038,516, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:

$15,738,769

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,738,769
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1.33 : 1
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