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The Witches (1990)

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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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Fantasy | Family | Horror

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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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La maldición de las brujas  »

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$10,360,553 (USA)
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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 Bruno says "I really hate margarine," his mouth is out of sync. 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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A Delightful Fantasy
24 October 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is the genuine article, a children's movie enjoyable by the whole family. It deals with the legends of evil witches by showing children that good overcomes evil. There is a good deal of slapstick and silliness that reminds older folks of the Hal Roach "Keystone Cops". However, the silliness never obscures the human message. This is also not a "Jackass" film with dangerous stunts for kids to try at home. For a change, love is portrayed as something true and valuable to be desired and pursued. The cast is excellent from top to bottom, with the best actors doing some of their sometimes most understated and often brightest over-the-top work. It has been a family favorite from coast to coast ever since it came out and our extended clan can't recommend it highly enough.


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