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Witch Hunt

Dennis Hopper , Penelope Ann Miller , Paul Schrader    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly struck a chord with me Aug. 19 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw this movie was as a made for HBO movie, which is probably why most of my friends have not seen it as well as why it's so hard to find in video stores. As far as I can tell it borrows heavily from Robert Heinlein's "Magic, Inc.", but doesn't follow the plot just some of the plot elements. Would that someone would recreate "Magic, Inc." or "Waldo", or at least burn all copies of "Starship Troopers" and attempt to do tribute to the original. Why Hollywood believes that they are capable of improving on time worn classics is beyond me.
Set as a 50's type of Raymond Chandler detective story, it's richly told and tremendously riveting.
I recommend it highly to Dennis Hopper or Robert Heinlein fans that are familiar with some of Heinlein's early works (pre "Stranger in a Strange Land").
Why someone panned this film so harshly I can't possibly fathom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunt - a surreal look at L . A. June 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I originally saw this film on HBO, and was instantly riveted to it. It kind of reminds me of an offbeat version of L A Confidential, with all the elements of the 40's and such. I love L A Movies and the scenes here in this film depict much of the unusual architecture, and ambience, that encompass and make up this little "boulubaise" of cultures, and personalities. Besides starring Dennis Hopper, it also features Sheryl Lee Ralph, of dream girls fame, and the superb cameo, but nonetheless great acting of Lypsinka, as the the mysterious Madame, of the bordello. (Looking fabulous, I might add, in vintage Charles James Couture.............) I recommend buying it , and viewing it with friends, over some , sour apple martini's and appetizing shrimp hor'dourve. /the movie is a little offbeat, but that in itself is the appeal of this wonderful film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful work, a treasure Aug. 15 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
regardless of what that other guy says, I loved this movie, it was well made and has a wonderful cast. the character work in "Fin Moxa" is superb, and dennis hopper was fantastic, a must watch clasic...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir with magic! What a combo! April 21 2012
By Iz
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I first saw Witch Hunt something like 10 years ago. It's stayed with me all that time. The plot is intricate, as most film noir plots are; the setting is a steamy, dangerous Los Angeles which makes you wonder if it should be called Los Diablos; and the characters are well imagined and even better played, especially by Dennis Hopper and Julian Sands. It engages the watcher with the mystery, as detective Philip Lovecraft (the only man who won't use magic) must solve a murder done by magic, and delights the inner, giggling madly, sense of 'it's soooo offbeat and I love it!' at the same time. It was an HBO production, and I don't know if it found its true following. I consider it a cult classic, especially as underlying the fun and the twistedness is an almost subliminal message that the witch hunts and burnings going on in L.A. are as despicable as McCarthyism was pretty much at the same time period as this movie is set in.

A film noir mystery, a weird insertion of magic into recent times, and an actual moral message delivered in the form of subtext you simply soak up by osmosis without letting it get in the way of your superficial (or maybe my superficial) enjoyment of the top notes.

What more can you want from a movie?
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm usually not so terse... March 8 1999
Format:VHS Tape
...but this movie was pretty stupid. I believe it was trying to be funny, but it was really hard to tell. I actually sat through the whole thing though. That's time I'll never get back...
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