A Simple Wish PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Includes production notes
    • Talent bios
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 16


User Ratings: 55,272
...Short's Murray is quite a piece of business and guaranteed to be as funny a performance as the year will see...
Los Angeles Times
Jul 11, 1997
Rating: 3/5 -- Above average kids movie. The girl has real brains, which is great for kids to see.
Jul 14, 2003
The ensuing comic clash between inept Murray and smarmy Claudia is almost as funny as 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' and every bit as magical. Full Review
Kalamazoo Gazette
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 1.5/4 -- A Simple Wish has assembled all the trinkets and effects necessary for its story, without bothering to tell one. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 2.5 -- It's not brilliant or for adults, but it's a nice, pleasant movie you can pretend to be eight years old with.
Jun 14, 2001
Rating: D+ -- Not even Short can make A Simple Wish memorable, often looking as though he's merely surviving the work, stripped of his killer instinct. Full Review
Mar 14, 2014

Product Description:

A SIMPLE WISH tells the sweet-natured story of Murray (Martin Short), a bumbling fairy godfather who has good intentions but not much else. Technically, Murray is a fairy godmother--the only male member of the North American Fairy Godmother Association. After barely passing his godmother's exam, he is sent to New York City to watch after Anabel (Mara Wilson), a young girl who wishes that her father, Oliver (Robert Pastorelli), will land a part in a Broadway musical, so that the family won't have to move to Nebraska. But when the district's previous godmother, a nefarious spellcaster named Claudia (Kathleen Turner), arrives with her wacky sidekick, Boots (Amanda Plummer), her plans to cripple Murray and Anabel's magical association and monopolize the wish market wreak havoc on the already unstable Murray. It's up to Murray and Anabel to pool their resources and get rid of Claudia and Boots once and for all.

Director Michael Ritchie (THE BAD NEWS BEARS, THE GOLDEN CHILD) turns the fairytale knob up a notch with A SIMPLE WISH, also taking the time to poke fun at Broadway musicals. Featuring spectacular special effects and an extremely engaging performance by Wilson (MATILDA), this is a children's fable with a fresh twist.

Plot Synopsis:

In Michael Ritchie's A SIMPLE WISH, a bumbling fairy godfather tries to do good for a young girl who wishes for her father to get a part in a Broadway musical. But helping the girl isn't so easy when a previous godmother, a mischievious witch, shows up to cause trouble.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 4, 1997.
  • Shot on location in New York City, Oklahoma, and Alberta, Canada.
  • The film's estimated budget was $28 million.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 22,596
  • UPC: 025192027123
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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