Cast a Deadly Spell

Synopsis: In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones".
Director(s): Martin Campbell
Production: HBO Video
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
R
Year:
1991
96 min
377 Views


( wind gusting )

( louder gusting )

IT'S VERY BAD, NIKOLAI.

YOU CAN FEEL THE PUSH,

LIKE SOMETHING:

LEANING ON THE SCREEN DOOR

TRYING TO GET IN...

MISCHIEF MISCHIEVING.

IF I HAD THE MONEY,

I'D SURELY BE IN MIAMI.

( siren blaring )

( tires screech )

( siren stops )

SORRY, ANGEL,

BUT I DON'T PLAY THE SAP

FOR ANYBODY--

BAD FOR BUSINESS.

LOVECRAFT, TOO BAD

YOU'RE LOSING OU ON YOUR FEE.

WITH A CLIENT LIKE THIS,

MAYBE YOU ALREADY

COLLECTED...

UPFRONT, IF YOU KNOW

WHAT I MEAN.

( grunt )

( car door slams )

GET UP, GRIMALDI,

PEOPLE WILL THINK

YOU'VE NEVER BEEN SOCKED

BY A DAME BEFORE.

OH.

- EVENING, LIEUTENANT.

- WHAT'S THIS?

IT'S THE MURDER WEAPON.

WELL, BRADBURY, AT LEAS SHE FOUND A NICE, CLEAN

WAY TO BUMP HIM OFF.

TIME WAS YOU HAD TO LOOK

A MAN IN THE EYE BEFORE

YOU COULD KILL HIM.

YOU OWED HIM THAT.

NOW WITH THE NERVE

AND A LITTLE KNOW-HOW,

I CAN DO I BY TYING SIX KNOTS

IN A PIECE OF STRING.

- AIN'T MODERN

LIVING GRAND?

- MAGIC.

IT GIVES ME THE SHAKES

WHAT YOU CAN BUY

IN THIS TOWN.

- THEY SAY IT'LL MAKE

THINGS EASIER.

- AND IT HAS.

( metal clanging )

LOTS OF THINGS.

- ( thunder rumbling )

- HOW IS IT?

- BAD.

- IT'S ALWAYS BAD.

THERE'S BAD AND THERE'S BAD.

SOMETHING'S COMING,

SOMETHING UGLY.

AND IT'S GUYS LIKE ME

GONNA CLEAN UP THE MESS.

I GOT ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT,

PHIL, SO DO US BOTH A FAVOR,

WATCH YOUR BACK.

THANKS.

( siren fading away )

( engine starts )

YOU TOO, HUH?

NOT ALL THE TIME,

JUST SOME OF THE TIME.

YOU KNOW WITH THE--

IT MAKES THINGS EASIER.

SEE YOU, GRIMALDI.

SAME OLD SCHLUBCRAFT,

SAME SOUR OUTLOOK,

SAME STUBBORN STREAK

AND YOU STILL WEAR

THAT DOG-PUKE TIE!

( thunder )

Lovecraft's voice:

BRADBURY WAS RIGHT.

THERE'S BAD

AND THERE'S BAD.

BUT WHAT I WALKED INTO

AFTER I LEFT THAT NIGH MADE ALL THE MAGIC AND

WITCHCRAFT I'D SEEN UP TO

THEN LOOK LIKE A SIDESHOW.

MY NAME IS LOVECRAF AND I'M THE GUY

WHO KNOWS.

JUST ABOUT THE ONLY GUY

WHO KNOWS IT ALL

AND WHO'S

STILL BREATHING.

IT STARTED THAT NIGH AND IT STARTED WITH A WOMAN.

- ( piano playing )

- IT ALWAYS STARTS

WITH A WOMAN.

( finger snaps )

MICKEY!

FOR A MINUTE,

I DIDN'T THINK

YOU WERE GONNA SHOW.

YEAH, IT JUST TOOK

A LITTLE LONGER,

THAT'S ALL.

SORRY.

THANK YOU. CAN I

BUY YOU A DRINK?

OH, THANKS, MR. BORDEN

BUT I GOTTA RUN,

- BUSY YOU KNOW--

- MICKEY, MICKEY, MICKEY.

AREN'T YOU FORGETTING

A LITTLE SOMETHING?

MR. TUGWELL.

( chuckles )

Borden:

OKAY, I UNDERSTAND

YOU'RE IN A HURRY,

BUT I THOUGHT YOU'D WAN TO GET PAID FOR THIS JOB.

OH YEAH, SURE,

MR. BORDEN.

( tapping )

I'D REALLY LIKE

TO STAY FOR THAT DRINK,

BUT YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GO TO UNDERSTAND MY POSITION--

( gasping )

Borden:

I UNDERSTAND JUST FINE.

( moaning and panting )

GOOD NIGHT, MICKEY.

( chuckles )

( sighs ) I THINK

I'LL TAKE SOME AIR.

( fingers snap )

TUGWELL!

Announcer:

Announcing 1:
30 departure

of the Grand San Diegan,

now boarding on track six.

Stopping in Long Beach,

San Clemente,

La Jolla and San Diego.

Departing in eight minutes.

All aboard.

Paging Mr. Mullreed...

Final call

for the Grand San Diegan,

service to Long Beach,

San Juan Capistrano...

( screaming )

I HAD A DEAL!

I HELD UP MY END.

LET ME GO!

TELL HIM YOU LOST ME,

TELL HIM...

TELL HIM I GOT ON THE TRAIN

BEFORE YOU COULD STOP ME.

JUST LET ME GO, OKAY?

I'LL SHARE THE MONEY

WITH YOU. YOU CAN

HAVE ALL OF IT.

JUST LET ME:

WALK OUT OF HERE.

THAT'S FAIR.

THAT'S MORE THAN FAIR.

TAKE IT.

( wind gusting )

( panting and screaming )

( screaming intensifies )

- ( coin clinking )

- ( dinging )

- ( screaming )

- ( chuckles )

( screaming louder )

( yelling stops )

( humming )

BOOH!

( piano music )

( door knocks )

GOOD MORNING,

MR. LOVECRAFT.

GOOD MORNING,

MRS. KROPOTKIN.

I WAS WONDERING,

WITH YOUR ATTRACTIVE

DESK CALENDAR,

IF YOU COULD TELL ME

TODAY'S DATE?

YEAH, IT'S TUESDAY,

APRIL 28.

AND DOES THIS DATE HOLD

A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE

FOR YOU?

HUH... I CAN'T SAY

THAT IT DOES.

IT IS THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY

OF THE DEATH OF MY HUSBAND

NIKOLAI KROPOTKIN,

WHO, WHEN HE DIED,

BLACKBIRDS FELL DOWN

FROM THE TREES:

- FOR 10 MILES

AROUND OUR HOUSE.

- SORRY.

IT IS ALSO 28 DAYS

AFTER THE FIRS OF THE MONTH,

WHICH IS THE DAY

YOU ARE OBLIGED:

TO PAY ME REN FOR THE SPACE I GRACIOUSLY

ALLOW YOU TO SHARE WITH

THE KROPOTKIN ACADEMY.

- EH?

- YOU'LL GET YOUR DOUGH

THIS AFTERNOON.

I'M ON MY WAY

TO SEE A NEW CLIENT.

SAY THAT TO MY FACE,

REMEMBERING THAT PEOPLE

WHO LIE TO WITCHES

HAVE BEEN KNOWN:

TO HAVE THEIR EYES SHRINK

INTO LITTLE BLACK RAISINS.

I'M ON MY WAY

OUT THERE NOW.

I GET A RETAINER,

YOU GET YOUR RENT.

I HAD BETTER,

LOVECRAFT,

OR ELSE I WILL CALL

MY RATHER LARGE:

AND ON THE WHOLE

UNSYMPATHETIC BROTHERS

WHO ENJOY NOTHING MORE

THAN THE THROWING OF

OTHER PEOPLE'S FURNITURE

OUT OF WINDOWS.

- LOVECRAFT!

- ( swooshing )

HERE, GIVE THESE

TO YOUR NEW CLIENT.

LOOK, I'M NOT GOING

OUT THERE TO DRUM UP

BUSINESS FOR YOU.

28 DAYS IN ARREARS,

LOVECRAFT.

A LESSER WOMAN:

WOULD HAVE CALLED

HER BROTHERS WEEKS AGO.

AND GET THEM:

TO GIVE YOU CASH.

- ( whinnying )

- ( tires screech )

( whinnying )

( door closes )

( birds chirping )

YES?

"TAP AND BALLROOM"?

MR. LOVECRAFT,

GOOD MORNING.

I'M AMOS HACKSHAW.

EMPTY YOUR POCKETS,

PLEASE.

- DO WHAT?

- EMPTY YOUR POCKETS

ONTO THE DESK, PLEASE.

WHY?

HUMOR A MIDDLE-AGED MAN,

MR. LOVECRAFT.

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Joseph Dougherty

Joseph Dougherty is an American television producer, writer, and director. He has written for such television series as Thirtysomething, for which he won an Emmy Award and a Humanitas Prize.Dougherty has also written for Judging Amy, Saving Grace, Pretty Little Liars, and the HBO film Cast a Deadly Spell. more…

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