Rough Magic

Rough Magic
Directed by Clare Peploe
Written by James Hadley Chase (novel)
Robert Mundi
William Brookfield
Clare Peploe
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography John J. Campbell
Edited by Suzanne Hartley
Distributed by Goldwyn Films
Release dates
May 30, 1997
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $598,981

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.



Filming locations in Michoacán, Mexico, Tikal, Guatemala and Los Angeles, United States.


The film was released in France on August 30, 1995 and in the United States on May 30, 1997.

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