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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 »

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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 ... 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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In an unforgiving land, the fate of a forgotten village rests in his hands. 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

Gross USA:

$38,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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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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Fine acting with deep emotional content
28 June 2000 | by jiminglisSee all my reviews

Great sense of time and place. Fine acting. A rather dour plotline does not make watching easy, but the reward is to see a fine piece of ensemble playing with plenty of emotional content. The ending is perhaps a little contrived but you need some relief at the end.


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