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The Witches (1990)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  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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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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Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La maldición de las brujas  »

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$10,360,553 (USA)

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The toy train Luke is riding on, which brings him to The Real Ghostbusters firehouse, is a Lego Space monorail train. See more »


When the Grand High Witch announces that another meeting will take place next year, her assistant is heading toward the exit. In the next scene, (at around 26 mins) her assistant is heading toward the same exit, from a different direction. See more »


[first lines]
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 The Real Ghostbusters (1986) See more »

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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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