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Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  16 July 1993 (USA)
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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.

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Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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Thackery
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Elijah
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Storyline

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

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halloween | cat | candle | spell | virgin | See All (153) »

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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Abracadabra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,430,123 (UK) (12 November 1993)

Gross:

£1,992,531 (UK) (10 December 1993)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Neither Omri Katz nor Kathy Najimy were originally supposed to appear in the film. Those roles were originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio and Rosie O'Donnell, respectively. See more »

Goofs

While in the museum, after being thrown to the floor, Max's lighter flies out of his hand and behind the desk. We don't see him pick it up, but once they're in the cemetery, he has it again. See more »

Quotes

Max: [suddenly startled by Dave in a vampire costume] Oh! Dad.
Dave: It's not dad. It's Dadcula.
[see's Allison]
Dave: Oh, my goodness. Who must this charming young blood donor be?
[kisses Allison's hand]
Max: Dad! Something terrible happened.
Dave: [suddenly concerned] Dani? What's wrong? Wh - wh...
Max: No, Dani's fine.
Dave: [sighs] Good.
[to Allison]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the parents finally stop dancing and leave the building, exhausted; Jay and Ernie have been forgotten about and are still dangling in their cages, singing Row Row Row Your Boat, then the camera pans over to the spell book as the eye opens once more. See more »


Soundtracks

Row Row Row Your Boat
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Traditional
Sung A Cappella by Tobias Jelinek and Larry Bagby
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**** out of ****
9 October 1999 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

I don't what the critics were talking about, but I found Hocus Pocus to be extreme fun, from start to finish. The use of color and the sets is all magical, giving the movie a strange fairy-tale feel. I also found it to be very funny with great special-effects. The movie's just plain fun. The three witches, thankfully, aren't flat and dull. This movie is scary without being profane (ala Mighty Joe Young) or super duper frightening. A great film that's much better than most Disney live-action films today.


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