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The Witches (1990)

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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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)  »

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La maldición de las brujas  »

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$10,360,553 (USA)
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The toy playset Luke sleeps in which is destroyed when changes back into a boy is The Real Ghostbusters firehouse from The Real Ghostbusters (1986). Angelica Huston later starred opposite Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Bill Murray had played Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) which The Real Ghostbusters (1986) was based on. 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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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Stunning
12 December 2002 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

The film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic ``The Witches" is a breathtaking spectacle that will delight a variety of viewers. Anjelica Huston is simply outstanding as "The Grand High Witch." She is the perfect actress to portray the dark, albeit laughable, character.

Luke (Jasen Fisher) is a young boy living with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling). Mai is perfectly cast as the doting, adventuresome grandmother. Helga regales Luke with stories of witches, dangerous creatures who seek to harm children.

I particularly liked the lack of Americanization in this film, as opposed to a similar counterpart, the adaptation of ``Matilda." The film stays true to the book for the majority. Unfortunately, the happy ending, which was loathed by Roald Dahl himself, detracts from the seemingly perfect adaptation.

In any event, 'The Witches' is sure to be a hit among kids (and adults as well). Anyone who has enjoyed the book is sure to enjoy this film version.


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