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Simon Magus (1999)

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some ... See full summary »

Director:

Ben Hopkins

Writers:

Rob Cheek (story and development), Ben Hopkins
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Simon
Stuart Townsend ... Dovid Bendel
Sean McGinley ... Maximillian Hase
Embeth Davidtz ... Leah
Amanda Ryan ... Sarah
Rutger Hauer ... Count Albrecht, the Squire
Ian Holm ... Sirius / Boris / The Devil
Terence Rigby ... Bratislav
Toby Jones ... Buchholz
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Saul
Ursula Jones Ursula Jones ... Rebecca
Cyril Shaps ... Chaim
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Rabbi
Ken Drury ... Priest (as Ken Dury)
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Thomas
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Storyline

Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community, because he claims that the devil talks to him, and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the "Squire" to sell him some land so he can build a railway station, a ruthless businessman from the neighboring Gentile community uses Simon to find out who wants to buy the land, so he can "persuade" him otherwise. Written by Rob Hartill

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misfit - outcast - turncoat - prophet - hero See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A sátán mágusa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,307, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,214, 22 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Jean Anderson (Roise). See more »

Quotes

Simon: I have seen God, and he is a blind beggar peddling lies! He has sold the world to the Devil and left only the husk for himself! Satan is master here! The sparrow-eater!
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Soundtracks

Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
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A film that should be better known.
27 January 2002 | by Tony-41See all my reviews

I'd read about this film at the Noah Taylor website, but I don't believe it ever opened in the U.S. (or at least it didn't get wide release). The Sundance Channel recently showed it, however, and those good people should be heartily thanked for giving us the opportunity to view a minor masterpiece. The story involves the holy fool (Noah Taylor, in another remarkable performance) of a dying European village and the people whose lives he affects. The supporting cast, including Ian Holm and Rutger Hauer, who once again reminds us that he is indeed a good yet neglected actor, are all superb, and the story is alternatingly funny and tragic, in the best tradition of Eastern European literature. Strongest kudos must go to cinematographer Nicholas D. Knowland, who uses light and shadow to create a finely textured world, and whose often startling imagery (the Jews on the night train, the young girl waving goodbye to Simon) will stay with the viewer long after the film ends. If you get the chance, catch the director's commentary on the making of the film. I'm not at all sure that he realizes just how good a film he's made!


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