Simon Magus (film)

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Simon Magus
Written by Rob Cheek
Ben Hopkins
Starring Stuart Townsend
Release date
  • 17 February 1999 (1999-02-17)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Simon Magus is a 1999 British mystery film directed by Ben Hopkins and starring Stuart Townsend. It was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


The film is named for the village fool Simon (Noah Taylor), who is in turn named for the 1st century magician Simon Magus.


A Jew named Dovid Bendel (Stuart Townsend) tries to revive his dwindling village by building a railway station next to it. The squire (Rutger Hauer) agrees to provide the land, on the condition that Dovid will read his poetry. A cunning business man (Sean McGinley) is also interested in the land and he tries to compete using money and threats.



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 

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