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The Witches (1990)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror  |  24 August 1990 (USA)
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A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

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A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children. Written by Rob Hartill

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Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they've turned into a mouse!


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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La maldiciĆ³n de las brujas  »

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The dark tone of the novel was significantly mellowed in order to make the film more appealing for younger audiences. In Dahl's book, for instance, the grandmother is much brisker, Luke is in the car with his parents at the time of the accident, Bruno Jenkins is an obnoxious and pampered boy who Luke does not like at all, and it is implied his equally snob father has him drowned in a water bucket by the Hotel's janitor, the High Witch's plan includes having teachers and parents kill the children in mouse form and, most notably, Luke does not recover his human form, which ultimately means he has very few years of life left. All these changes infuriated Dahl, who never again in his lifetime allowed any movie adaptation of his works and left, in his will, very specific and high standards for any future ones. Ever since his death, the only film that has fulfilled them is Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". See more »

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When the stroller rolls down the hill, the hood is slightly raised. In 2 shots, the hood is completely down. See more »

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Helga: When your father was a boy like you, and living with me here in Norway, I told him about witches too, so that he would always be aware. Now, the most important thing you should know about real witches is this - now listen very carefully! Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses, and they work in ordinary jobs.
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One my favorite childhood ... and present.. movies!
17 July 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a movie which is highly underrated. It is a fantastic adventure about a young boy and his wise grandma who go on vacation along the English coast. Unknowlingly running into Grandma's most feared enemy- the Grand High Witch. When Luke accidentally crosses paths with the Grand High Witch and her Witch minions, it is up to him, Bruno Jenkins, and Grandma to save all the children of England!

Anjelica Huston does a marvelous job at portraying the snobbishly aristocratic Eva Ernst as well as her unmasked counterpart, the evil Grand High Witch. She definitely steals the show in this one, although Mai Zetterling does give one that warm nurturing feeling as the wise but kind grandma. And Jasen Fisher did a good job as well.

Not only is the acting good, but the special effects.. or should i see puppets and makeup.. are marvelous! The grand high witch without her face mask is really a terrible sight! And the little mice, really puppets opposed to the technological computer created special effects, really work out great and give a more earthy feel non animated animal movies.

If your an adult and your looking for a nail biting psychological thriller your looking in a very wrong direction. But if you are looking for a classic, fun, adventure for all ages- I suggest you watch this. I give it an A+!!!!!!!!


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