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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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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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Before the Grand High Witch transforms at the dinner, some of the women behind her are still women. Seconds earlier, they were transforming into witches. 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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i've always thought this was a great movie
10 March 2005 | by (East lansing, michigan) – See all my reviews

i've always thought this was a great movie since i was little, it was one of those movies that you'd go over to see at your grandma's on Halloween, just scary enough for a kid, where the'd be afraid, but not usually enough to give nightmares(although i can remember having a few from this- those with very small children be warned!) i felt that the tales that the grandmother spins are the tantalizing part of the movie, with them being treated as a joke in the beginning, but then going on to, not only back them up, but to show that they actually happened. i feel that this was a very well put together movie, and Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch gives the movie a special flavor, like she was meant to play the role. If i talk much more i'll end up giving the thing away, so i'll leave you with this- it's a wonderful movie for kids, and, for hose adults who haven't seen it, when watching, keep in mind that this is a children's movie:) enjoy!!


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