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The Witching of Ben Wagner (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  1990 (USA)
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Ben Wagner and his family are moving to a new town. On the shores of Lake Ontario, he meets Regina. Strange things start to happen whenever Regina is around. Ben wonders if the rumors are true: could she come from a family of witches?

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Cast overview:
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Mr. George 'Dad' Wagner
Harriet Hall ...
Mrs. Kathy 'Mom' Wagner
Bettina Rae ...
Regina Radford
Justin Gocke ...
Benjimin 'Ben' Wagner
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Grammy (Regina's Grandmother)
Elizabeth Shumway ...
Susan Wagner
Jamie Ballard ...
Liz Wagner
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Mr. Angelo Romano
Marvin Payne ...
Sweeper at Basketball Game
Amy Allred ...
Ashley Addison
Scott McMillan ...
John Addison (Ashley's Dad)
Bill Lawrence ...
Basketball Coach
Karen Alston ...
Mrs. Ramsey, the Principle
David Wade Battle ...
Archie
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Jason
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[Contains spoilers] "George Wagner (Sam Bottoms) moves his wife and family, including son Ben (Justin Gocke), to a new town, where he begins a real estate job for Angelo Romano (Craig Clyde). Ben, a high school freshman, doesn't seem to get along with his busy, somewhat distant father. He finds consolation with a mysterious young girl, Regina (Bettina Rae), and her Grammy (Sylvia Sidney), who are both thought by the townspeople to be witches. Ben soon believes himself bewitched by Regina, a secret he shares with his sister, Liz (Jamie Ballard), and he becomes more confident, making the school's basketball team and earning better grades, while still searching for his father's approval. Ben's snotty teenage sister, Susan (Elizabeth Shumway), who's trying to stay friends with the stuck-up rich girl Ashley Addison (Amy Allred), blackmails Liz into learning about Regina, causing a near-fatal accident when Liz follows Ben to the lake and tumbles into a stream. She is saved by Ben, and as ... Written by Anonymous

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I don't really have much of a comment about the film, in the role of play, (i.e. how it was acted). But what I could say, is that the story itself made sense almost all the way though. You had to watch it a few times, not only by visualising the effect, but to listen very carefully to the characters used, with a little feeling, and it's makes sense. Even though the story might be fiction about the belief of witch craft, but from the earlier of years, such witch craft was a little possible, and still is in some cases of today.

When I was too about that age group, I believed in such stories about witch craft, reason being I had heard them amongst other people. But not only about the fact of beliefs, but the story in it's location helped made all the sense.

Only thing is, that the characters played their part so well focusing not only on family behaviour, but the love and understanding of different people that would have been treated differently. I have enjoyed it so much, at that time, as it made me feel a little of my own family. That I would have loved to be part of it. It would be nice to see another film similar to it.


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