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Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, 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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The making of Hocus Pocus.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Stars: Daniel Henares, Bette Midler, Eric Anderson
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Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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Elijah
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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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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

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Comedy | 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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$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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The commercial playing with the baby in "Satan's" house is actually a commercial for stain resistant Carpet. See more »

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The movie takes place on Halloween, 1993. The first part of the movie shows Max at school, yet Halloween 1993 was on a Sunday. See more »

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Thackery Binx: Take good care of Dani, Max, you'll never know how precious she is until you lose her.
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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 »

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Divertimento #17 In D, K. 334: III. Menuetto & Trio
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The critics couldn't be more off-target!
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While I've been enjoying this film for years, I only recently decided to read some reviews for it, and am shocked! The truth is, this film is a wonderfully comical and charming tale of three Salem witches that are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and love interest, must try to stop them from stealing the souls of children. This movie really sparkles in the representations of the witches, who are all cast perfectly. Bette Midler provides for a hilarious and almost frightening Winifred (the leader), Sarah Jessica Parker shines as the sexy, dim-witted Sarah, and Kathy Najimy is marvelous as the funny, perky Mary. What makes the film even better is that there are two stunning musical numbers--Midler's delightful "I Put a Spell on You" and Parker's hypnotic "Come, Little Children." Ignore the critics, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect not only for Halloween, but for any time of the year!


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