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Wicked Stepmother (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 3 February 1989 (USA)
A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since they share one body & the other must live in a cat the rest of the time. Now it's up... See full summary »

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Priscilla
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Jenny Fisher
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Sam
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Steve Fisher
Shawn Donahue ...
Mike
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Lt. MacIntosh
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Nathan Pringle
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Witch Instructor
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Detective Flynn
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Feldshine, Magick Shop Owner
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Mandy
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Vanilla
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A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since they share one body & the other must live in a cat the rest of the time. Now it's up to the family's mother, a private detective and a suspended police officer to try and stop the witches. Written by Anonymous

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Beware of these "Bette Davis eyes"! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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3 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Tanz der Hexen  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$43,749 (USA)
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Bette Davis died eight months after the film was released. See more »

Goofs

After having Nathan pick the lock to let Jenny back inside. Jenny shuts the door and the door handle falls off, when "Priscilla" arrives a few minutes later the handle is back on the door. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Fisher: Priscilla, come quick!
Jenny Fisher: Hey!
[Priscilla enters. Jenny throws a bucket of water on her]
Priscilla: I'm melting, I'm melting!
[She laughs]
Priscilla: It didn't work, did it, Dorothy? This is reality, not MGM!
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Painfully awful
1 September 2003 | by (King George, VA, USA) – See all my reviews

In self-defense for this fiasco, writer-director Larry Cohen pointed out that, while every one else in the last years of her life were handing Bette Davis yet another meaningless award, he offered her the thing she sought most: work. Fair enough. But as it proved when this was new, I believe time will increasingly show this employment opportunity for Bette Davis was the equivalent of offering a starving man a meal of coffee grounds and egg shells.

David died of cancer in October 1989, and the illness was plainly visible on her in her few scenes here. It is mournfully painful to watch her skeletal appearance in `Wicked Stepmother' if you loved her.

Avoid this aggressively. If you liked Davis's 'old-lady' period and want to watch a dignified 'good-bye' movie, seek the warm and bittersweet Lindsay Anderson drama, "The Whales of August" (1987) in which she co-starred with Lillian Gish. It is not only a classy farewell to those two legends, but now Ann Sothern and Vincent Price as well.


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