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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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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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One of Mai Zetterling's final acting roles before her death on March 17th 1994. See more »

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The Grand High Witch's mask changes from hanging off her face to being attached as the good witch walks past, right before the other witches come to her room after drinks. 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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Unjustly forgotten fantasy
29 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very strange fantasy in which a young boy Luke (Jasen Fisher) and his friend Bruno (Charles Potter) get in trouble with some witches (led by Anjelicia Huston). Luke's Norwegian aunt (Mai Zetterling), a former witch, helps him battle the others.

When this came out in 1990 critics loved it, but audiences stayed away. Real witches attacked the film because it portrayed witches as evil, ugly and wanting to kill all children. They overreacted--it's just a FANTASY, not reality. Also it was way too strong (and strange) to attract a family audience...too scary for kids and adults assumed it was a kids movie. But it is a good fantasy for high schoolers and adults.

Nicholas Roegs' direction is off-putting (he directs it like it's high art), but the special effects are truly incredible (especially the mice) and there are wonderful performances by Zetterling and Huston (going WAY over the top in her acting).

It's a very strange movie--definitely a one of a kind. It's worth a look.


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