Magic in the Moonlight

Synopsis: Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

You do something to me

Something that

simply mystifies me

Tell me, why should it be

You have the power

to hypnotize me?

Let me live 'neath your spell

Do do that voodoo

that you do so well

'Cause you do something to me

That nobody else could do

Bravo! Bravo!

I don't understand. Is the

conductor a blithering idiot?

We went over

the tempo six times!

It's adagio, adagio, adagio.

It's not racehorse tempo!

Ja, ja, Herr Crawford.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

What? Don't be sorry!

Get it right.

What good are apologies

when the poetry of

the moment is lost?

And you!

You're supposed to knock

when you're ready in the trunk.

How do I know

when you're all clear?

Well, I'm sorry, Mr. Crawford,

I couldn't breathe in that...

Well, you're not hired

to breathe!

But it was her first time,

Mr. Crawford.

My God, we went over this

routine all afternoon.

How do I know when to begin

sticking in the swords?

I could have

stabbed you to death,

and then,

I get blood on my ensemble.

Oh, Mr. Wei Ling Soo! You

were, as always, brilliant!

Oh, I've already

taken off my robe.

Can my wife and I

take a photo of you?

An autograph, please?

Autographs are for

mental defectives.

But I want to prove I met you.

Well, if you don't mind, I'd

rather that proof didn't exist.

What if you get

picked up for sodomy?




How are you, Howard?

Brilliant. You are still

the best in the world.

No thanks to the assorted

Neanderthals I have to deal with.

Oh, you haven't changed.

You're still a perfectionist,

a snob, a genius,

with all the charm

of a typhus epidemic.

Well, can I help it if I'm

surrounded by assassins?


you held us spellbound.

And that last effect, from the

sarcophagus into the empty chair,

when you swivel around...

I mean, I do a vanish-and-reappearance

trick in my show

where I transport

my pretty assistant

from one side of the stage

to the other

in a steamer trunk,

but it is nothing

compared to what you do.

I invented that effect myself.

And if you're very good,

when we have more time,

I'll teach you all the moves.

It's actually... It's very simple.

You can do it anywhere.

It's a spectacular trick.

It's so good to see you.

How long has it been?

It's a year, at least.

And the tour's going well?

Yes, it's going quite well.

It concludes this week.

Munich was good.

Barcelona adored me.

And you'll never guess who came

to see the show in Zurich.

Enid Paxton. Enid Paxton?

Little thing in third form,

we both used her

as an assistant

when we decided to become magicians.


You sawed her in half,

and I cut her head off.

Well, she was a game girl.

Uh, how is she? Oh, she's fine.

You don't really notice

any of the scars.

Of course, she's fatter

than my elephant.

What? Pretty little Enid

with the curls?

Well, the years

can be cruel, Howard.

"Life is nasty, brutish and

short," as the man said.

Was it Hobbes? Yes, I

believe it was Hobbes.

I'd have got on

rather well with Hobbes.

Shall we go for a drink?

Brilliant notion, Burkan.

We can catch up.

Stanley, I need your help.

Ah, the plot thickens.

I'll buy you a scotch.

The Catledge family

are wonderful people.

Caroline Catledge is

an old friend of mine.

They're a wealthy

Pittsburgh family.

Father made millions

in coal before he died.

They're socialites with several

houses, one in the south of France.

Now, the thing is, there's a

young woman staying with them,

who has them believing

that she's a spirit medium.

Oh, Lord,

not another fake psychic.

What a pestilence they are.

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