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Hocus Pocus (1993)

 -  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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Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
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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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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!


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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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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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Trivia

Charles Rocket acquired a certain notoriety for swearing on live television during the final moments of the 21 February 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live (1975). There's an in-joke in connection to this, where he says to Max, "Watch your language!". See more »

Goofs

When the sisters have taken Dani from her home and we see her tied up, the ropes jump about between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jay: Oh man, how come it's always the ugly chicks that stay out late?
Winifred Sanderson: [Winnie, Sarah and Mary stop, turn and glare at the boys] Chicks?
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The Walt Disney logo is tinted blue. See more »

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I Put a Spell on You
Produced and Arranged by Marc Shaiman
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Charming, Endearing, and Under-Appreciated Tale of Three Heinous Practitioners of the Dark Arts.
22 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This is the story of three nefarious practitioners of Darkly-aligned Magick and the mark they left on the town which sentenced them to death.

Disney is known to openly endorse and promote the use of the Old Ways. Whether a good Witch (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) or a bad Witch (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Disney loves Magick and those who use it.

These Witches, however, are the worst kind of rabble, and while we attempt to defeat them, character development occurs. This movie is quite entertaining, however it is too dark and scary for younger audiences, and may be considered too juvenile for adults, but the older children and tweens seem to love it.

It rates an 8.7/10 from...

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