|Directed by||Clare Peploe|
|Written by||James Hadley Chase (novel)
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
|Cinematography||John J. Campbell|
|Edited by||Suzanne Hartley|
|Distributed by||Goldwyn Films|
|May 30, 1997|
Rough Magic is a 1995 comedy film directed by Clare Peploe, starring Bridget Fonda and Russell Crowe. It was based on a novel by James Hadley Chase called Miss Shumway Waves a Wand, with the screenplay written by Robert Mundi, William Brookfield, and Clare Peploe.
The film is set in the 1950s and focuses on a pretty apprentice magician (Bridget Fonda) goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who will teach her ancient principles of magic. She is being trailed by a detective (Russell Crowe) hired by her fiancé, a former photojournalist traumatized by what he saw in Hiroshima. He joins her in the search for the Mayan shaman, and falls in love with her.
- Bridget Fonda as Myra Shumway
- Russell Crowe as Alex Ross
- Jim Broadbent as Doc Ansell
- Kenneth Mars as Magician
- D. W. Moffett as Cliff Wyatt
- Paul Rodriguez as Diego
The film was released in France on August 30, 1995 and in the United States on May 30, 1997.
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