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Wishman (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 July 1993 (USA)
Basie is a man who collects junk and tries to make something out of it. He is also in love with Lily, a woman he has never spoken to but salutes every day. She is about to get conned out of... See full summary »

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Mike Marvin (as Michael Marvin)

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Mike Marvin (as Michael Marvin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Basie
Geoffrey Lewis ... Hitchcock the Genie
Paul Gleason ... Silverstein
Quin Kessler Quin Kessler ... Lily Andon
Nancy Parsons ... Miss Crabbe
Brion James ... Staten Jack Rose
Gailard Sartain ... Dr. Abe Rogers
Liz Sheridan ... Ms. Finger
Michael D. Roberts ... Ted Taylor
Rance Howard ... Det. Sturgis
Carl Strano Carl Strano ... Dr. Carp
Dennis Burkley ... Max the Squealer
Michael Adler ... Bascom the Curator
Tony Amendola ... Grodnik
Robert Harvey ... Mean Cop
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Storyline

Basie is a man who collects junk and tries to make something out of it. He is also in love with Lily, a woman he has never spoken to but salutes every day. She is about to get conned out of her money by her greedy lawyer. And then there is the Genie who has lost his bottle and seeks Basie's help. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitch, der Geist aus der Flasche See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$379, 1 August 1993

Gross USA:

$898
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The last feature film role of Nancy Parsons. See more »

Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Reflections of Passion
Written and Performed by Yanni
Courtesy of Private Music and 23rd Street Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
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You'll never find it, but try.
4 August 1999 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

This is a peculiar indie movie with a mild story but a strong cast.

Geoffrey Lewis is cast extremely against type (as Wishman, a good genie) and is over the top with round words, round phrases and round hand and arm movements whenever he speaks. A curious, but strangely comical and very likable characterization.

Paul Le Mat is his ever-reliable self (why is Paul not a huge star?) and carries his role off fine, if low key.

And Quin Kessler, who only appeared in a handful of films, is one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen with her presence. Her acting here was plenty good enough to earn her other roles, and her fabulous looks should have guaranteed her success.

Add the likes of Paul Gleason, Brion James, Gailard Sartain and Nancy Parsons (Beula Ballbricker to all you PORKY'S fans) and you've got a lot of talent on the screen. Plus the very first ever screen appearances of Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky! The director knew what he wanted, mostly subdued performances, and the actors gave them to him. The effect is odd, but enjoyable.

Wishman is a light little fantasy romance movie, nice in every detail, with a happy ending. You'll end up smiling, and what more can you ask from a couple of hours' pleasant diversion?


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